Whenever an international squad is announced, everyone scans through the list with their own agenda in mind and will rate the list according to their satisifaction.

That was how many Women's National League supporters approached the Republic of Ireland Women's National Team squad announcement; hoping to see some home-based talent included. In all, there were nine players spread across three different clubs.

Champions Peamount United had the strongest representation in Niamh Reid-Burke, Claire Walsh, Niamh Farrelly, Aine O'Gorman, and Stephanie Roche, while Shelbourne had Jamie Finn, Isibeal Atkinson and Jessica Ziu called up, and Wexford Youths had Ellen Molloy included.

It was a strong list of players and for those to be in the mix to take on Germany in a UEFA Women's European Championship qualifier shows that there is plenty of talent in this League. Yes, there are many things that need to be improved to aid the players' development but the very best can still compete on the international stage.

Ireland manager Vera Pauw is kept updated as to what is happening in the League every week with her assistant Eileen Gleeson making stops at every ground to oversee each team's performance. It is why Atkinson earned a recall because she has been excellent in the 2020 season, thus far, since being deployed in the left-back position.

Of course, there will always be calls for other players to be included, that's part of sport. Wexford's Kylie Murphy, Galway's Savannah McCarthy, DLR Waves' Katie Malone, Peamount's Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, and Shelbourne's Noelle Murray had all been mooted by various spectators and there is little doubt that Pauw is aware of each of them.

With competitive underage internationals wiped out for the remainder of this year due to complications around COVID-19, some may argue that Pauw has an opportunity to call up some even younger players, such as Galway's Shauna Brennan, Cork's Maria O'Sullivan, Bohemians' Aisling Spillane or Athlone's Kayleigh Shine. But the inclusion of Molloy is probably enough for the Germany game.

If it were a training camp then the squad would look slightly different and there may be even more spaces up for grabs for home-based players. But Ireland need to pick up points from their three remaining qualifiers to stay in the hunt for the 2022 EURO finals. So Pauw needs to be pragmatic with her selections - and she is.

The home-based players will undoubtedly benefit from being part of the international set-up - the training sessions, the team meetings, the tactical work, the physical & mental demands, the travel etc. It is the level that they should be aspiring to be part of. And it is fantastic that there are regular home-based training sessions to keep the very best players on their toes.

It is very positive that home-based players are being included in international squads, but they need to keep working hard to stay there and to get onto the pitch to make a difference in games.