Tuesday 20 March 2018

Lawlor gets Ireland call-up

Ian Lawlor has been called into the Ireland senior squad
Ian Lawlor has been called into the Ireland senior squad

Teenage Manchester City goalkeeper Ian Lawlor has been drafted into the Ireland squad for their remaining summer friendlies.

The 19-year-old, who played for the Under-21s in their friendly draw with the Qatar Olympic team on Saturday, has been brought in for the games against Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal.

Manager Martin O'Neill named three keepers in his initial 32-man party, but Darren Randolph withdrew through injury and Rob Elliot, who made his senior debut against Turkey on Sunday evening, will miss the Italy game because he is getting married at the weekend.

That left only David Forde holding the fort until Elliot returns for the trip to the United States next week.

Derby trio Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick and Conor Sammon were due to meet up with their international team-mates on Monday evening after taking part in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship play-off final and Kevin Doyle, who was a member of the victorious QPR team at Wembley, will join them on Thursday.

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