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Matt Doherty receives first Republic of Ireland call-up

Wolves defender Matt Doherty has been called up to the Republic of Ireland's senior squad for the first time.

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The call-up is Doherty's reward for a string of impressive recent performances at left back for Wolves.

He continued his fine form by being Wolves' match-winner with an assist and a last-minute winner in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Bristol City at Molineux.

The 24-year-old is in a provisional 40-man squad named by Martin O'Neill for friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia on March 25 and 29, both in Dublin.

Doherty will look to impress enough to stake a claim for a place in O'Neill's squad for this summer's European Championships in France.

Former Wolves strikers Kevin Doyle and Robbie Keane, as well as ex-defender Stephen Ward, are also in the squad for the two friendlies, while Brentford's Alan Judge has earned a debut call-up.

As expected Albion's James McClean and Villa's Ciaran Clark are also in the squad.

O'Neill said: "Both myself and my staff have been incredibly busy since qualification last November scouting and monitoring as many players as possible.

"I know that I will have a very tough decision to name a final squad for Euro 2016 and that is why I want to give players a chance to impress."

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