Goals and assists Stokes Anthony's first-team chances for Republic

ANTHONY STOKES is ready to answer the call of Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni tonight following a stunning display last night for the Under-21s.

Hibs striker Stokes was the star of new under-21 manager Noel King's first game in charge as Ireland crushed Estonia 5-0 in a European Championship Group Two qualifier at Tallaght Stadium.

Stokes scored both first-half goals before setting up the third and fifth for midfielders James McCarthy (Wigan) and Owen Garvan (Crystal Palace) and having a hand in a deflected fourth from Everton defender Seamus Coleman.

The 22-year-old, along with Celtic striker Cillian Sheridan, will now link up with the seniors for tonight's prestigious friendly with Argentina at the new 350?million Aviva Stadium.

"If I get a run-out I'll be ready, but it's up to the manager," said Stokes, who only has three senior caps to his name despite a number of previous call-ups.

"I couldn't have done much more if I was to catch the eye, so it's always nice to score a few goals, to be involved and to go forward because that's what people remember.

"This game would be great to play in as it's in the new stadium, against one of the best teams in the world, and the atmosphere will be good."