Football | Ronan Curtis called up to senior Irish squad

Football | Ronan Curtis called up to senior Irish squad
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Ronan Curtis has been called up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad.

The 22-year-old scored for the u21’s in Kosovo on Friday, but is suspended for Tuesday’s qualifier against Germany.

He replaces Jon Walters – who has returned to Ipswich Town – in Martin O’Neill’s squad to face Poland.

Born in London and raised in Donegal, Curtis can play in midfield or across the front three. The former Derry City attacker has been excellent form this season, scoring five goals in his first six appearances for Portsmouth since his move across the water.

The Pompey star will be a huge loss to Noel King’s u21 side, who are second in their qualifying group on 14 points after the draw in Kosovo.

They trailed Kosovo but Curtis’ fine strike into the bottom corner rescued a crucial point, and a win against Germany at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday would see the Boys in Green go top of the group.

Stephen Ward has dropped out after picking up an injury in Cardiff, and young Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has also left the squad.

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle (Hearts), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK), Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Shaun Williams (Millwall), David Meyler (Reading), Daryl Horgan (Hibernian), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City)

Forwards: Graham Burke, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall), Ronan Cutis (Portsmouth)

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