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16th February 2006 16:36

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Sunderland's Liam Lawrence and Manchester City's Stephen Ireland have won their first call-ups to the Republic of Ireland squad.

New Ireland boss Steve Staunton has included the duo his first squad for next month's friendly with Sweden.

Lawrence qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents and he has decided to pledge his allegiance to Staunton's side.

Manchester City youngster Ireland fell out of the reckoning under former boss Brian Kerr, but he has been given the chance to impress under Staunton.

Tottenham defender Stephen Kelly, Bolton defender Joey O'Brien and Brighton goalkeeper Wayne Henderson have all been promoted from the Under-21 squad.

Staunton believes the time is right to give some of the younger players a chance to make the step up into the senior side.

"I have been looking at a lot of players very closely over the last month and the time is right to give some new lads the opportunity to play at senior level," said Staunton.

Full squad:
Given (Newcastle), Kenny (Sheff Utd), Henderson (Brighton), Breen (Sunderland), Harte (Levante), Finnan (Liverpool), A O'Brien (Portsmouth), Dunne (Man City), Miller (Leeds), Kilbane (Everton), Reid (Blackburn), Duff (Chelsea), Keane (Tottenham), Morrison (Crystal Palace), Kavanagh (Wigan), Doyle (Reading), Ireland (Man City), Elliott (Sunderland), Lawrence (Sunderland), J O'Brien (Bolton), Kelly (Tottenham), O'Shea (Man Utd), Douglas (Leeds).

Mansfield Town will receive £50,000 on his first competitive international appearance (see reference below):

Evening Post, 17 September 2004
Keith Curle says he is happy to stick with his 18-man squad for the time being.
The Stags are thought to have collected a £20,000 fee after Lee Williamson's move to Northampton last week, and will receive an initial down payment of £175,000 from Sunderland for Liam Lawrence.
Mansfield will get £10,000 for every ten appearances Lawrence makes for the Black Cats up to 50, £100,000 on promotion, £50,000 on his first competitive international appearance and a 25% sell on fee, a ruling that satisfied Stags chairman Keith Haslam.
"The committee came to what I consider to be a fair decision and we have been compensated for Liam's development rather than just for his transfer value," said Haslam.

Lawrence wins full Irish call-up
CHAD WEBSITE, 16 February 2006

FORMER Stags winger Liam Lawrence has been called up by mnager Steve Staunton for the full Republic of Ireland squad to face Sweden in a friendly on 1st March.
Lawrence, now in the Premiership with Sunderland, qualifies through his Irish grandfather.
Stags will be hoping he impreses as they stand to gain a further payment from £50,000 should he win a full competitive cap.


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