Trapattoni names Ireland squad for Norway friendly
Giovanni Trapattoni today named the Republic of Ireland squad for their upcoming international friendly against Norway on November 17th. It is a consistent squad from the veteran Italian, who has named just three uncapped players. Stoke City duo John Walters and Marc Wilson are in line to make their international debuts, as is Everton’s Seamus Coleman. Walters is the only player who has not been in an Irish squad previously.
Two rumoured Ireland converts, Jamie O’Hara and Mark Noble were not named in the squad due to injury, and Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark is not yet eligible to play for Ireland as his FIFA paperwork has yet to be approved. At the press conference, Trapattoni hinted that both O’Hara and Noble wanted assurances of playing time to declare for Ireland, while Ciaran Clark did not require any such promise, neither did Shane Duffy.
Striker Caleb Folan has been recalled to the squad, with Anthony Stokes and Cillian Sheridan being two notable omissions up front. After attending the Ireland – Russia European qualifier at the invitation of the FAI, FC Utrecht’s Barry Maguire has also been left out. James McCarthy had been due to make an appearance for his adopted country, but the Wigan midfielder is out for three months with an ankle injury.
Sean St. Ledger