There were two newcomers named in the extended 30-player squad Republic of Ireland manager Vera Pauw announced today for next month's Euro 2021 qualifier against Germany.

One was Wexford Youths' precocious forward Ellen Molloy, who has made an impact both in the Women's National League - she scored on her debut - and while racking up goals for Ireland's U-17s, despite only turning 16 in June.

The other was Allison 'Alli' Murphy, a 26-year-old native of Plano, Texas with Irish grandparents, who plays for English Championship side London City Lionesses.

Pauw was tipped off that the midfielder was eligible by the Lionesses' Irish boss Lisa Fallon, but was kicking herself for not remembering that fact herself - the Dutchwoman previously managed Murphy while in charge of American top-tier team Houston Dash in 2018.

"I am a little bit embarrassed," Pauw told RTÉ Sport. "Alli Murphy was a player at Houston Dash when I was there and I should have known that she had an Irish passport. But it completely just went out of my mind.

"Then Lisa Fallon told me 'Hey, I've got Alli Murphy here on my team. She has an Irish passport’. And I thought ‘Oh my word, that’s true’.

"So we picked up contact. We have seen all her videos, you can see her highlight video on YouTube, which says a lot.

"Whether she will make the line-up, we don’t know, but she’s definitely an addition to the squad."

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Murphy's grandparents hail from Limerick and the Irish passport she has held for several years has helped her secure moves to Sweden, Netherlands, Iceland, and, now, England.

Getting the call to be part of Vera Pauw's squad for the Germany game on 19 September was unexpected but very much welcomed by the 26-year-old.

"It was a surprise, but a good surprise, to hear that I was included in the Ireland squad. I've always wanted to use my Irish heritage to make myself available for the team so it's great to be in the coach's thoughts," said Murphy.

"It is fantastic to get the call-up for Ireland, but I want to get some games in with London City Lionesses first and get my fitness levels up. Then I'll be in a much better position."

Pauw revealed that Murphy hadn't quite made the grade at Houston but believes that a subsequent spell in the Dutch Eredivisie with PEC Zwolle has brought her on immensely.

"At Houston, she missed experience at a technical level, that’s why she didn’t make it at the professional team and we had to say goodbye," said Pauw.

"But she had a talent so we arranged for her to go to the Netherlands, where the technical part of the game is the key thing.

"The Dutch game misses a lot in women’s football but the technical part is very well developed as you can see in the Dutch national team.

"So she went to Zwolle and that gave her the boost to the level she is playing now. If you compare that with when she was in Houston, when we had no time for the individual approach, it’s amazing what she put in and how she took on the analysis we made with her.

"She really improved from that, she went to Iceland (with UMF Selfoss) to get back into the fighting spirit, which is what’s really missing in the Netherlands, and her steps have made her a better player.

"Now we will be together. That’s amazing of course. But if she had stayed at the level she was in Houston, she would not have made the squad. She made the decisions to make steps to become a better player.

"You can do that as a player, you can take it in your own hands. She has done that and it shows."

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