Rotherham United winger Chiedozie Ogbene has expressed his desire to represent the Republic of Ireland at international level.
The FAI have begun the paperwork on the eligibility process for 23-year-old Ogbene who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, but moved to Cork aged seven with his family in 2005.
He played schoolboy football in Cork with College Corinthians, Kilreen Celtic, Tramore Athletic and Everton before he was signed by Cork City in 2015 and then moved to Limerick in January 2017.
After a move to England and Brentford in 2018, Ogbene spent a season on loan with Exeter City before a transfer to Rotherham in August 2019.
A mainstay of Rotherham's successful push for promotion in the season just ended, Ogbene was an ever present for the Millers in the shortened campaign and scored one goal as they finished runners-up in League One.
He has made international manager Stephen Kenny aware of his desire to play for the Boys in Green.
The FAI have confirmed that Kenny has also finalised his backroom staff as he counts down to September and UEFA Nations League games against Bulgaria, in Sofia, and Finland, in Dublin.
Ennis native Gary Seery has been appointed an assistant analyst and makes the step up from the Irish Under-21 squad to work with head analyst Ger Dunne.
Dundalk's Danny Miller will join Kevin Mulholland as a chartered physiotherapist with the senior squad for the new campaign with Colum O’Neill and Sam Rice joining the set-up as athletic therapists.
Derry man Colum O’Neill moves up from a similar position with the Ireland U-21 squad, having also worked as a physiotherapist with Finn Harps, Derry City and Dunfermline Athletic.
Rice was under Stephen Kenny at Dundalk for four years and with the U-21 squad for the Toulon Tournament.
Shamrock Rovers' Mal Slattery will be kit manager where he is joined by Fergus McNally of the U-21s.
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