Irish Soccer Squad Announced

Republic of Ireland Men’s National Team manager Martin O’Neill has announced his squad for the upcoming internationals against Mexico (June 1), Uruguay (June 4) and Austria (June 11).

 There’s one new inclusion, with Burnley defender Kevin Long called up to the senior squad for the first time just a few weeks after making his first Premier League start.

Among the other players to feature include Liam Kelly, Adam Rooney, Matt Doherty and John Egan.

Shane Duffy is also named despite not playing for the last two months due to a broken foot, while Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter are back in the squad after missing the Wales draw through injury.

In somewhat of a surprise there is no place for Cork City striker Sean Maguire despite his recent impressive form in the Airtricity League.

Martin O’Neill’s side begin a busy schedule with a friendly against Mexico in New Jersey on June 1st, before welcoming Uruguay to the Aviva Stadium three days later.

Those games will act as preparation for the World Cup qualifier against Austria which takes place the following week on June 11th.

Several players were unavailable due to injury, including Seamus Coleman (leg), Ciaran Clark (knee) and David Meyler (knee).

There is a first senior call-up for Burnley defender Kevin Long, who has recently broken into the Premier League side’s starting XI. The former Cork City player brings the total of SSE Airtricity League graduates in the squad to nine.

A selection of players will report for a three-day training camp in Fota Island Resort on Tuesday, May 23 – this is closed to the public and the media – before the full squad links up in Dublin on Sunday, May 28.

The squad will fly to New York on Monday, May 29 ahead of the international friendly against Mexico on Thursday, June 1 in MetLife Stadium. They will then return for the ‘Three’ International Friendly with Uruguay in Aviva Stadium on Sunday, June 4.

The international camp will close with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Austria in Aviva Stadium on Sunday, June 11.

Republic of Ireland MNT Squad
Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (West Ham United)
Defenders: Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce (Derby County), Paul McShane (Reading), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Andy Boyle (Preston North End), John Egan (Brentford), Marc Wilson (West Bromwich Albion), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Everton), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City), Eunan O’Kane (Leeds United), Darron Gibson (Sunderland), Liam Kelly (Reading), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen)
Forwards: Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town), Daryl Murphy (Newcastle United), Shane Long (Southampton), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Adam Rooney (Aberdeen)


International Friendly: Republic of Ireland v Mexico, MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, KO 20:00 (1am Irish Time)
Three International Friendly: Republic of Ireland v Uruguay, Aviva Stadium, KO 18:00
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Republic of Ireland v Austria, Aviva Stadium, KO 17:00