Anderlecht midfielder Josh Cullen has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming matches against Slovakia, Wales and Finland.

Cullen, who joined the Belgian club from West Ham on Monday, takes the place of the injured Harry Arter. The Nottingham Forest midfielder misses out through a thigh injury. 

The 24-year-old Cullen has two Ireland caps to his name and trained with Stephen Kenny's squad prior to their departure for Bratislava where they will take on Slovakia in Thursday's Euro 2020 play-off semi-final.

Cullen was called up on the day when the FAI confirmed that a member of the international team backroom staff has tested positive for Covid-19. Cullen tested positive for the virus ahead of West Ham's Carabao Cup tie against Hull on 22 September.

The FAI received clearance from the Government to fly to Bratislava yesterday following that positive test, following confirmation that they had followed public health guidelines and all the players and management had tested negative.

The staff member, who is not a member of the playing or coaching staff, is self isolating, while two other staff members who were deemed close contacts have not travelled, despite testing negative.

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