Ireland Duty Beckons Again for Maguire and Browne


Sean Maguire and Alan Browne have again been called up to the Republic of Ireland’s international squad for their Euro 2020 Qualifying games in Georgia and Switzerland in October.

The pair have featured in Mick McCarthy’s squad consistently and look set to feature again during this international break.

Sean Maguire was in line for another cap for his country last time out, before his freak eye injury forced him to withdraw from the squad. The striker will be hoping for better luck as he goes into the international break in decent form, having bagged a couple of goals amid impressive performances in September.

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Alan Browne might retain his place in the starting XI for the Boys In Green having started their most recent friendly, scoring his first international goal in the 3-1 victory over Bulgaria.

It was his first goal of the 2019/20 campaign as he has struggled to reach the level of performance he showed on such a consistent basis in Lilywhite last season. Although his dip in form may be due to a more fluctuating role in the squad, another good international showing from Browne might give his confidence the boost it seems it could need.

Maguire himself is yet to get off the mark for his country, and will be looking to open his international account to help muscle his way further up the pecking order with Scott Hogan, David McGoldrick and, more recently, Luton’s James Collins to compete with at the top of the pitch, not to mention former teammate Callum Robinson.

The Republic of Ireland have been impressive of late and are on a 9 game unbeaten streak, stretching back to the October break last season in which they were narrowly beaten by Wales.

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With spirits high in the emerald camp, and competition for places in the XI rife, call-ups to the squad could be increasingly beneficial to North End’s Irish contingent.