It appears that Doherty, capped three times previously, has been selected as a defender, but his versatility is sure to be a bonus to manager Mick McCarthy, himself a burly defender during his playing days.
"Gary Doherty has been playing very well for Spurs and I am certain that his best position is in the centre of defence even though he has played for us in attack in the past," said McCarthy.
Stephen Carr is also named in the squad and will be battling for the right-back berth with Fulham's highly-rated Steve Finnan in the absence of the injured Leeds man Gary Kelly.
Full squad: Kelly (Blackburn) Given (Newcastle Utd), Kiely (Charlton), Carr (Tottenham), Staunton (Aston Villa), Harte (Leeds), Breen (Coventry), Dunne (Man City), Cunningham (Wimbledon), Doherty (Tottenham), Roy Keane (Man Utd), Kinsella (Charlton), Carsley (Coventry), McAteer (Blackburn), Holland (Ipswich), Kilbane (Sunderland), Finnan (Fulham), Delap (Derby), Duff (Blackburn), Quinn (Sunderland), Robbie Keane (Leeds) Connolly (Feyenoord).
Gary Doherty has been rewarded for his recent superb form with a place in the Republic of Ireland squad to face Denmark at Lansdowne Road on Wednesday February 28.