Brentford midfield player Alan Judge has received another Republic of Ireland international call-up. The 29-year-old has been named in the provisional squad for two matches to be played next month. Ireland have an international friendly and their first Nations League match next month and Alan is part of the initial group for those matches that will be whittled down to a final squad next week.
Ireland’s first game of the new season is an international derby. They will face Wales in Cardiff on Thursday 6 September in the first match of the new Nations League tournament. Ireland and Wales are in League B Group Four of the tournament, along with Denmark. Each team will play each other home and away before the end of 2018. The winners of each three-team group will get an extra chance to earn a spot in the 2020 UEFA European Championships via qualification Play-Offs and will be promoted to League A for the next Nations League competition.
After the clash with Wales, Ireland will travel to Poland for an international friendly. That match will be played on Tuesday 11 September. If selected in the final squad, Alan will link up with Ireland at the end of the week – after Brentford’s game against Nottingham Forest – and return before The Bees face Wigan Athletic next month.
Alan will be looking to build on a good end to the last international season. He earned three caps in the first half of 2018 after returning from a serious broken leg. He has played in Ireland’s last three games, the last of which was against the United States of America. On that occasion, he scored the winning goal – his first for his country – as he earned his fourth cap. Alan has also played for his country at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-21 and Under-23 level.