Blackburn striker Sammie Szmodics is one of three new faces named in John O’Shea’s 26-man Republic of Ireland squad for their friendly double-header against Belgium and Switzerland.

Szmodics is set for his international bow after topping the Championship scoring charts with 21 goals so far this season, while Lyon defender Jake O’Brien and Middlesbrough forward Finn Azaz are also called up for the first time.

O’Shea, who was appointed interim head coach in February, will lead his side out against Belgium at the Aviva Stadium on March 23 before hosting Switzerland three days later.

Captain Seamus Coleman returns to the squad for the first time since Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to France in March.

Robbie Brady, Callum O’Dowda and on-loan Millwall striker Michael Obafemi are also handed recalls.