By Amir Mir
Leeds ace Eunan O’Kane has been called up by Republic of Ireland manager Marin O’Neill for their World Cup qualifier in Austria on November 12.
Midfielder O’Kane has played a pivotal part in Garry Monk’s side being one point away from a play-off spot this season.
He has made ten Championship and EFL Cup appearances this term, joining the club in the summer from Premier League outfit Bournemouth.
As a result Ireland manager, O’Neill, has called up the 26-year-old to his provisional squad to face Austria, as the boys in green aim to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Here is Republic of Ireland’s official Twitter account confirming the provisional squad to face Austria:
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 2, 2016
O’Neill’s side are third in Group D with seven points from three games, level with leaders Serbia, with Chris Coleman’s Wales in third on five points.
Ireland beat Moldova 3-1 in their last World Cup qualifier in October, with O’Kane making a brief substitute appearance.
O’Kane has made five appearances for his home country, where he has started just one game, and has only been on the losing side on one occasion.