Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis has been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for the matches against Switzerland and Bulgaria next month, according to BBC journalist Andrew Moon.
The 23-year-old a key player for Portsmouth last season – scoring twelve goals and providing 13 assists in 49 appearances in all competitions – as Pompey reached the League One play-offs and lifted the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley.
The winger has made two appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team so far in his career and made his debut for his country when he came off the bench in the goalless draw with Northern Ireland in November 2018.
Curtis has played every minute of action for Pompey so far this season, but he will miss the game against Southend United in League One on September 7.
Moon pointed out that the game against the Shrimpers at Fratton Park could be postponed if two more Portsmouth players receive international call-ups and suggested that Ross McCrorie is likely to be called up to the Scotland Under-21 squad.
#Pompey winger Ronan Curtis named in the Republic of Ireland squad for next month’s qualifiers.
2 more call-ups and the match with Southend will be postponed (McCrorie very likely to be in Scot U-21 squad)
— Andrew Moon (@mrandrewmoon) August 16, 2019
I’m sure Curtis and McCrorie will be both delighted that they’re going to get another opportunity to represent their respective countries again.
Curtis was an important player for Portsmouth last season and he could have another key role to play for Kenny Jacket’s side in League One this term.
It’ll be a loss for Portsmouth if he is to miss the game against Southend, but there’s a decent chance that the match at Fratton Park could have to be postponed anyway.