STRIKER Andy Keogh has been handed a late call up to the Republic of Ireland squad for World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria next week.
Keogh, who had initially been dropped from manager Giovanni Trapattoni's 29-man squad, has been drafted in as a result of injuries to Aiden McGeady, Paul McShane and Anthony Pilkington.
The 26-year-old will travel to Dublin to link up with Millwall teammate David Forde, who is set to start both matches after wrestling the number-one spot from Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.
Keogh was called up ahead of Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, who has been placed on standby duty, and Trapattoni admitted selecting his final 23-man squad had not been an easy task.
"As a manager, I am sometimes faced with some very tough decisions," he said. "But I feel that the squad I have chosen will get us the results we need from these two qualifiers.
"I have not made these choices lightly and will continue to monitor each player's progress ahead of our next challenges in May and June."