Mick McCarthy has included Troy Parrott and Ryan Manning in his extended Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly with New Zealand and the winner takes all Euro 2020 qualifier clash with Denmark.
The Irish manager has named 12 forwards in a squad of 39 players, though just how many remain once the boss wields his scythe closer to the games, on 14 and 18 November respectively, remains to be seen, but Parrott is currently in line to make his senior debut against the All Whites.
McCarthy had strongly hinted that the Spurs 17-year-old would be given a chance to show what he can do in that game, which takes place in Dublin four days before the Danish showdown.
It's highly unlikely Parrott will be thrown into the fray against Denmark but he should get a run in the friendly – if he survives the cut - with McCarthy likely to field an experimental side with a view to protecting his frontliners for the qualifier, though the manager emphatically stressed that the friendly is a chance for fringe men to force themselves into picture for the big one.
"Aaron (Connolly) seemed to warm to it, if Troy is in the final squad we'll have to see if he warms to it as well," he said when quizzed on how Parrott would adapt to the senior step-up.
"It’s always nice to get the young players in."
Ryan Manning is another who’s in line to earn his first cap. McCarthy was at Loftus Road on Monday night to watch the left-back in action for QPR against Brentford; the Bees won 3-1, but Manning’s recent form has been good and the Ireland boss is an admirer.
"He’s technically good, he’s got a good left foot," McCarthy said before adding the blunt caveat: "He’s not better for Enda Stevens that’s for sure, but he’s an option for me."
Meanwhile Robbie Brady makes his return to the international fold for the first time since the 2-0 home win over Gibraltar back in June, in which he scored.
Brady has had to kick his heels for the last few months after fracturing a rib during pre-season. He was left out of the Georgia and Switzerland encounters due to a lack of game time with Burnley but he’s worked his way back into the Clarets team over the last two weeks and could well play a major part in Ireland’s do-or-die Aviva mission.
"I’d love to have Robbie back because he’d be one of our best players, one who can open up the door, find a pass and he has a goal in him," McCarthy said.
Shane Long comes back in from the cold having been previously overlooked last month while Doncaster Rovers man Kieran Sadlier is again called into to an extended squad. James McCarthy, who helped Crystal Palace fight back to earn a 2-2 draw at Arsenal over the weekend, is also named.
As expected Darren Randolph will be given every chance to prove his fitness. The Middlesbrough stopper is currently out of action with a thigh problem but remains confident he’ll be fit to face the Danes.
"I’ve been messaging Darren, he’s quite confident that he’s going to be okay," the manager added. "I’m not interested in the New Zealand game for him."
It will be telling who else gets the night off for the phony war 16 days’ time.
Republic of Ireland provisional squad
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth), Kieran O'Hara (Burton Albion, on loan from Manchester United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool).
Defenders: Matt Doherty (Wolves), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), John Egan (Sheffield United), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Kevin Long (Burnley), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Ryan Manning (QPR), Nathan Collins (Stoke City)
Midfielders: Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic, on loan from West Ham United), Glenn Whelan (Hearts), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Robbie Brady (Burnley), James McClean (Stoke City), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Alan Judge (Ipswich Town), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)
Forwards: Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), James Collins (Luton Town), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Callum Robinson (Sheffield United), Aidan O’Brien (Millwall), Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Shane Long (Southampton), Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Scott Hogan (Stoke City, on loan from Aston Villa)