Darren Randolph handed Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy a timely boost ahead of this month's vital clash with Denmark as he started in goal for Middlesbrough.

The Bray native returned from injury to take his place in the Boro side for their away clash with QPR, which means that Randolph should be fine to join up with the Ireland squad ahead of next week's double-header.

Ireland take on New Zealand on Thursday in an international friendly ahead of the vital Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark on Monday, 18 November at the Aviva Stadium.

After the 2-2 draw, Boro manager paid tribute to his returning players, including Randolph.

"Randolph was out, George Friend was back in training but I didn't think he'd be playing, Fletcher out - they come and knock on my door on Friday morning," he said.

"They said, 'Gaffer, I want to play. I'm not 100 per cent fit but I want to play for you'. That's top. "The situation we're going through at the minute, it's difficult and they could have taken the easy option and not played.

"Darren could have said, 'I'm not 100 per cent, I want to wait for Ireland'. He played today. George Friend played after three training sessions. Ashley Fletcher had a calf strain and played.

"They want to play. They want to play for us. That was really positive. It shows what the players are like - they want to stick together and they want to play for me."

McCarthy stated during the week that he had spoken to Randolph in relation to his thigh injury and appeared confident that the player would be available.

"I have been in touch with all three players and they assure me they are confident of being fit to play against Denmark," McCarthy said, in relation to Randolph and fellow injury concerns Glenn Whelan and Matt Doherty.

Whelan has started all of Ireland's qualifiers under McCarthy's second stint as Ireland manager, aside from the two games with Gibraltar, and if fit, is a near-certainty to start the must-win match with Denmark.

And while the Hearts midfielder did not start Saturday's clash with St Mirren, the Dubliner was named in the matchday squad for the Edinburgh outfit.

Matt Doherty is another vitually pencilled in to start against the Danes due to Seamus Colemans' suspension, and it remains to be seen if he starts for Wolves on Sunday as they take on Aston Villa in the midlands derby.

Meanwhile, Ciaran Clark was on target for Newcastle in their clash with Bournemouth, while Robbie Brady came off the bench in injury-time as Burnley took on West Ham, with Jeff Hendrick starting for the Clarets.

David McGoldrick is another who has returned to the Ireland squad having missed the double-header in Georgia and Switzerland, and while the striker stuck the ball home in his side's clash with Spurs, the Enda Stevens'-assisted effort was ruled out by VAR for a previous passage of play.