Brentford captain John Egan represented his country yesterday in a special testimonial match. A Republic of Ireland XI were at Celtic Park yesterday afternoon for a match that was held as a testimonial for Celtic captain Scott Brown. John played 60 minutes against Celtic in the contest, that finished as a 2-2 draw.
Ireland led twice in the game, for which no caps will be awarded, but Celtic – who won the Scottish Cup the day before to complete a domestic treble – fought back to level twice and ensure the game finished all squad. The game was the first of three for Ireland before their season ends. They will travel to Paris to face France on 28 May before hosting USA on 2 June.
John will be hoping to be part of the squad for those two international matches, which will be selected this week. He made his international debut just over a year ago when started for Ireland in a friendly against Iceland and has made one further appearance, against Mexico last summer. John has also played at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level.
Brentford midfield player Alan Judge is also in the provisional squad for the two internationals. It is a second call-up for Alan since he returned from a serious broken leg. That injury came just days after Alan made his international debut in a friendly against Switzerland. On his return, he earned a second cap – coming on as a substitute against Turkey in March. Alan has also played for his country at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-21 and Under-23 level.