Stephen Kenny's first Republic of Ireland squad was eye-catching for a number of reasons.

Firstly, the number of players named: the bare 23 - no huge provisional squad.

Secondly, the absence of stalwarts like Glenn Whelan and recent debutants like Jack Byrne.

Thirdly, the inclusion of uncapped youngsters Adam Idah and Jayson Molumby.

The inclusion of the former may be the inspiration for a cryptic, if pointed, tweet from striker Michael Obafemi.

The Southampton forward has been omitted from Kenny's squad for the Bulgaria and Finland Nations League matches, with Idah, Callum Robinson, Callum O'Dowda, James McClean, Aaron Connolly, Troy Parrott and Obafemi's Saints team-mate Shane Long getting the nod in the forwards division.

The 20-year-old simply tweeted the word 'intresting' (sic) a little before lunchtime and while he may have been reacting to developments at Dundalk, it is more likely a comment on his absence from Kenny's first squad.

Obafemi scored four times in 25 appearances this season, including three Premier League goals, compared to Long's three in 31 games, or Idah's three in 19 Norwich appearances, all coming with a hat-trick in the FA Cup third round against Preston.

Obafemi has yet to add to his debut cap, which came in the scoreless 2018 Nations League draw against Denmark.

Kenny was asked about the inclusion of Parrott, who has gone on loan to Millwall from Tottenham for the season, and he suggested that it was his similarity to the injured David McGoldrick that saw him included ahead of Idah or Sean Maguire.

"He might not have made the squad initially [but for] David McGoldrick's foot injury. Troy has the characteristics that David has, in that he can play with his back to goal, drop into midfield and link the play.

"He is the player that could relate to that role the most. He is obviously a terrific finisher. After he had his appendix out, he really hit the ground running in training with Spurs. We kept a close eye on that," said Kenny.

"I know he went abroad with Millwall last week training and did very well. He is in good knick I believe. He is obviously someone who has a lot of potential as we've seen. You can’t ignore talent. You have to promote it."