Joey O'Brien has been named in the provisional Republic of Ireland squad for two 2014 FIFA World Cup Group C qualifiers in October.
The West Ham United defender is one of 26 players picked by Ireland's interim manager Noel King, who will be taking charge of his country for the first time when the Boys in Green take on Germany and Kazakhstan.
Sitting six points adrift of second-placed Sweden, Ireland are all but out of contention to qualify for the finals in Brazil, but O'Brien and his compatriots still have plenty of pride to play for in their final two qualifiers. After travelling to Cologne to take on group leaders Germany on Friday 11 October, Ireland return to Dublin to host Kazakhstan at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday 15 October.
King will trim his squad in the coming days to facilitate injuries, but O'Brien's impressive form could well see him add to the five senior caps he has already won. The No17's most-recent appearance for Ireland came in a 4-1 friendly win over Oman at Fulham's Craven Cottage in September 2012.
A number of O'Brien's West Ham team-mates could also be on international duty during the upcoming break.
Razvan Rat's Romania face two vital 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D qualifiers away to Andorra on 11 October and home to Estonia on 15 October. Fourth-place Romania need to win both games and hope already-qualified Netherlands can do them a favour by beating Hungary and Turkey.
Jack Collison and James Collins could be involved in Wales' final two 2014 FIFA World Cup Group A qualifiers at home to FYR Macedonia on 11 October and away to Belgium on 15 October, where they could do a massive favour for club-mate Mladen Petric. Petric's Croatia sit second ahead of their own final fixtures at home to Belgium and away in Scotland, with two victories possibly taking them above the Belgians into top spot and an automatic qualifying berth.
Further afield, Mohamed Diame's Senegal travel to Ivory Coast for a mouth-watering 2014 FIFA World Cup African Round 3 first-leg clash, with the return game taking place in Senegal on 15 November. The winners on aggregate will go to Brazil.
Meanwhile, Ravel Morrison will hope his good form could lead to an England U21 call-up for UEFA European U21 Championship qualifiers in San Marino and at home to Lithuania on 10 October and 15 October respectively.
Leo Chambers has been named in the England U19 squad for their UEFA European U19 Championship qualifiers in Slovenia. Chambers will travel with the Young Lions to face hosts Slovenia, Andorra and Switzerland in early October with the top two teams in the group progressing to the Elite Round of qualifying next May.
In the same competition, Jamie Harney has been called up to the Northern Ireland U19 squad for their qualifiers against Belgium and France.
Academy defenders Kyle Knoyle and Reece Burke have been named in the England U18 squad for the first time for two friendly internationals with Hungary at St. George's Park on 11 October and 14 October.