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Peterborough Midfielder Receives Surprise Call-Up To Ireland Squad

Peterborough Midfielder Receives Surprise Call-Up To Ireland Squad
By PJ Browne
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Peterborough midfielder Sammie Szmodics has been called up to the Ireland squad for the upcoming friendlies against Andorra and Hungary.

The 25-year-old qualifies to play for Ireland through his grandmother from Longford.

"I am over the moon to receive my first international call-up for a nation that is close to mine and my family's hearts, I am looking forward to the 12 days ahead and experiencing international football," Szmodics told the Peterborough club website.

Peterborough midfielder Szmodics gets Ireland call-up

The player had a superb 2020/21 season for Peterborough, scoring 15 goals in 42 league appearances as the club earned promotion from League One to the Championship.

Szmodics's call-up comes amid three withdrawals from the Ireland squad. Due to injuries, goalkeeper Darren Randolph (hip) and forwards Callum Robinson (achilles) and Aaron Connolly (foot) are no longer available for the games.


Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers has also been called up.

Ireland play Andorra on June 3rd and Hungary on June 8th.

Ireland squad to play Andorra and Hungary

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Rochdale, on loan from Manchester City), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth).

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers, on loan from Celtic), James McClean (Stoke City), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City).

Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Conor Hourihane (Swansea City, on loan from Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jason Knight (Derby County), Jayson Molumby (Preston North End, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren), Daniel Mandroiu (Shamrock Rovers).


Forwards: James Collins (Cardiff City), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers), Sam Szmodics (Peterborough United).

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