Pearce called up in place of O'Dea

Alex Pearce scored against Oman in his previous friendly outing

Reading defender 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.