Leanne Kiernan (9 Liverpool) in action during the FA Women's Championship game between Liverpool and Bristol City at Prenton Park in Liverpool, England - Image by Natalie Mincher/Sports Press Photo

Liverpool forward Kiernan receives late Republic of Ireland call-up

Liverpool forward Leanne Kiernan has received a late call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad for this month’s friendly against Australia.

The 22-year-old Bailieborough-born forward was not included in Republic of Ireland head coach Vera Pauw’s initial 27-player squad but she has now been called into the group to cover player withdrawals.

The Irish Football Association, The FAI, today provided an update on Pauw’s squad to FAWSL Full-Time with three players having withdrawn from international duty, those being Éabha O’Mahony, Roma McLaughlin and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Megan Connolly. Head coach Pauw has opted to call in three replacements with Liverpool’s Kiernan also being joined in the squad by Isibeal Atkinson and Aoibheann Clancy.

Kiernan has made a successful start to her career with Liverpool after joining the club in the summer. The player endured an injury-plagued 2020/2021 campaign with former club West Ham United but she has featured in all three of her new club’s matches in this season’s FA Women’s Championship.

The Republic of Ireland squad come together this week for an international training camp at the FAI’s National Training Centre. Pauw’s side will then face Australia in an international friendly match at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin on Tuesday 21 September.

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