Trapattoni names Ireland squad for Wales game
Giovanni Trapattoni flew into Dublin to name a 29 man squad for the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming Carling Nations Cup game against Wales. Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark has again been included in the squad, and will hope to be selected in defence, perhaps on the left ahead of Kevin Kilbane, who now plays his club football in the third tier.
There was no room for James McCarthy, who is just returning from injury with Wigan. Stephen Ward of Wolves had been expected to be named, but is again left out. Sunderland’s David Meyler is still sidelined through injury, and Anthony Stokes is selected in attack ahead of free-scoring Conor Sammon and Adam Rooney.
“I am looking forward to the opening game of the Carling Nations Cup against Wales,” Trapattoni said at the press conference earlier today. “This competition provides our players with familiar and tough opponents and the added competitive edge to the tournament is the perfect preparation for our Euro qualifying campaign.”
Shay Given (Manchester City), Keiren Westwood (Coventry City)
John O’Shea (Manchester United), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Sean St. Ledger (Preston North End), Kevin Foley (Wolves), Kevin Kilbane (Huddersfield Town), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Darren O’Dea (Ipswich Town), Paul McShane (Hull City), Marc Wilson (Stoke City)
Darron Gibson (Manchester United), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Paul Green (Derby County), Liam Lawrence (Portsmouth), Stephen Hunt (Wolves), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Keith Treacy (Preston North End), Damien Duff (Fulham), Keith Fahey (Birmingham City)
Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jon Walters (Stoke City), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long (Reading), Andy Keogh (Wolves), Leon Best (Newcastle), Anthony Stokes (Celtic)