Former Cork City goalkeeper David Harrington included in Irish squad for matches against Hungary and Portugal

John O’Shea has called up his 26-man squad for the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming friendly double-header against Hungary and Portugal.

Cork native David Harrington has returned to fitness in time to receive his first call-up to the senior set-up and is joined on the panel by another potential debutant: Tom Cannon, whose future in Ireland had been in doubt when the Cork native Aintree became an object of interest in England following his impressive performances at club level.

The Leicester City forward, a former Everton and Preston North End player, enjoyed an impressive career for the Foxes towards the end of their Championship-winning season, having recovered from a stress fracture injury earlier in the campaign.

The 21-year-old made one appearance for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 team in their 2-1 win over Iceland, scoring the opening goal at Turner’s Cross.

Chiedozie Ogbene and Nathan Collins had already joined Evan Ferguson, Gavin Bazunu and John Egan on the absentee list for the two matches.

Cork City goalkeeper David Harrington celebrates with the cup after the SSE Airtricity League First Division match between Cork City and Bray Wanderers at Turners Cross in Cork.  Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Cork City goalkeeper David Harrington celebrates with the cup after the SSE Airtricity League First Division match between Cork City and Bray Wanderers at Turners Cross in Cork. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Celtic centre-back Liam Scales returns to the team after missing the March international window through injury, while Stoke City left-back Enda Stevens also returns.

Excelsior striker Troy Parrott, who recently scored a hat-trick in the Eredivisie relegation play-off, also returns to the team after missing international matches against Belgium and Switzerland earlier in the year.

Goalkeeper Josh Keeley and midfielder Bosun Lawal will also report to the senior men’s international camp to train with the team before joining Jim Crawford’s Irish U21 squad for their upcoming matches against Croatia and England.

Ireland will host Hungary at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday 4 June at 7.45pm, before traveling to Aveiro to take on Portugal on Tuesday 11 June.

Republic of Ireland Squad:

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth), Max O’Leary (Bristol City), David Harrington (Fleetwood Town).

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Shane Duffy (Norwich City), Dara O’Shea (Burnley), Jake O’Brien (Lyon), Andrew Omobamidele (Nottingham Forest), Liam Scales (Celtic), Robbie Brady (Preston North End), Enda Stevens (Stoke City).

Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Burnley), Finn Azaz (Middlesbrough), Jason Knight (Bristol City), Jamie McGrath (Aberdeen), Callum O’Dowda (Cardiff City), Will Smallbone (Southampton), Mark Sykes (Bristol City), Mikey Johnston (West Bromwich Albion, on loan from Celtic).

Forwards: Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers), Adam Idah (Celtic, on loan from Norwich City), Troy Parrott (Excelsior, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Obafemi (Millwall, on loan from Burnley), Tom Cannon (Leicester City).