Alex Pearce called up to Ireland squad to replace Darren O’Dea
Reading defender Alex Pearce has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad to face Poland as a replacement for Darren O’Dea.
O’Dea is currently in pre-season with Major League Soccer club Toronto FC, and the Canadian side have requested that the 25-year-old centre-back stay with the club rather than flying to Ireland to play Poland on February 6th. Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has agreed to the club’s request, calling up Reading’s Alex Pearce in his place.
Pearce made his Republic of Ireland debut in September against Oman, coming off the bench and scoring in the 4-1 victory. He had been out of the Reading team earlier this season, but has returned to the side in recent weeks to help them battle relegation in the Premier League.