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Pearce gets Ireland call
11:12am Thursday 24th January 2013 in Premier League
Reading defender and former Saints loanee Alex Pearce has been drafted into the Republic of Ireland squad for next month's friendly against Poland.
The 24-year-old has received a late call-up after manager Giovanni Trapattoni agreed to FC Toronto's request for Darren O'Dea to be allowed to remain with them for their pre-season preparations.
Pearce has one senior cap to date, scoring on his debut in a 4-1 victory over Oman at Craven Cottage in September last year.
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