Sheffield Wednesday shot-stopper Keiren Westwood has been named in the Republic of Ireland’s 39-man squad for their international fixtures in November (via fai.ie).
The 35-year-old is one of five goalkeepers named in Mick McCarthy’s provisional squad for the games against New Zealand and Denmark.
Westwood has been capped 25 times by his country, however his last appearance was way back in 2017 when he played 45 minutes of a friendly against Uruguay (via Transfermarkt).
He has also been missing from the last three squads which McCarthy has selected, with his most recent involvement being back in March.
However, his form for Sheffield Wednesday has been good enough to earn him a recall to the international scene.
As mentioned Westwood is one of five goalkeepers included in the preliminary squad and there is a good chance he will make the final cut next week.
Should the Boro goalkeeper miss out it may present Westwood the opportunity to be involved, and McCarthy confirmed that they “will watch him” in the Owls’ game against Blackburn this weekend (via fai.ie).
Westwood has been in great form for Sheffield Wednesday this season. He has made 11 appearances so far and recently he has kept three clean sheets in his last six (via WhoScored).
In the Owls’ recent 0-0 draw with Leeds, he showed his quality with an outstanding reflex save to deny a Patrick Bamford header from point-blank range (@swfc).
He, therefore, deserves to be in the initial Republic of Ireland squad, and with Randolph currently touch and go in terms of his fitness it would be a surprise if Westwood was not in the final party.
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