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The first step is getting the call-up. The second is getting on the pitch. And the third, most important one, is doing it all over again.

The SSE Airtricity Women's National League has long provided players to the Republic of Ireland Women's National Team and many have done incredibly well to establish themselves in the set-up through the years.

Current Ireland Manager Vera Pauw has showed that she is willing to trust WNL players in big games - Emily Whelan away to Greece, Jamie Finn home to Germany, Ellen Molloy making her debut at 16 years of age, Áine O'Gorman remaining a regular starter.

So it is hugely encouraging that more home-based players are getting a chance to add to their caps tally and that is a reflection on the growth of the League, the improved standard of coaching, the self-discipline of the players and the addition of International Home-Based Training Sessions.

From those sessions, goalkeeper Eve Badanad and midfielder Ciara Grant have both earned international recalls, while Saoirse Noonan has caught the eye of the management ahead of two friendly games away to Iceland in June. 

These players are included on merit - something that Pauw is constantly referring to - and they are showing that the domestic game can continue to raise its standards by being good enough for international players to perform in. The next step is for them to produce for the national team.

Here are the current Home-Based Internationals in the current Ireland WNT squad:
Eve Badana (DLR Waves)
Claire O'Riordan (Peamount United)
Éabha O'Mahony (Cork City)
Áine O'Gorman (Peamount United)
Jamie Finn (Shelbourne)
Ciara Grant (Shelbourne)
Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne)
Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths)
Saoirse Noonan (Shelbourne)

*Emily Whelan is currently injured
**There are nine other players in the current squad who are former WNL players