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Republic of Ireland's Brian Murphy. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland's Brian Murphy. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland's Brian Murphy. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

QPR keeper Brian Murphy has received a late call-up to the Ireland squad as cover for Wednesday's friendly against Serbia in Dublin.

With Newcastle United man Rob Elliot absent due to injury, Martin O'Neill has only two keepers available, David Forde and Darren Randolph, and O'Neill wanted to have an extra pair of hands in Dublin for training, leading to a summons for the uncapped Murphy.

Wolves man Aaron McCarey has been part of the senior squad before and he was next in line but he is needed by the U21 side for their European Championship qualifier against Montenegro on Wednesday so O'Neill has opted to leave McCarey with the U21 panel and instead summoned Murphy.

In naming his squad, O'Neill stated in relation to Jeff Hendrick dropping back to the U21 panel that it was more beneficial for players to get game time for the U21s instead of sitting on the bench with the senior squad.

The Waterford native, 30, is second-choice keeper at QPR this season and lacks match fitness as he has not played a first-team game since lining out in a League Cup tie back in August, while his last league appearance was more than three years ago.

Murphy had been part of the senior squad under Giovanni Trapattoni and was an unused sub on four occasions.


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