Trapattoni names Ireland squad for Macedonia and Uruguay
Giovanni Trapattoni has named his 29 man squad for the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming games against FYR Macedonia and Uruguay.
With Shay Given out with a shoulder injury, Coventry keeper Keiren Westwood will be taking his spot between the posts, but Trapattoni has also called upon two uncapped keepers as reserves. Millwall’s David Forde and Motherwell’s Darren Randolph have received their first call ups, and one of them could possibly feature as a substitute against Uruguay.
Wigan midfielder James McCarthy had been on the receiving end of a lot of speculation last month, but after a meeting with Trap and Marco Tardelli this weekend, is once again included in the Ireland squad. At today’s press conference, Trap said “”There were no issues with James McCarthy, he was injured. He smiled and insisted he’d stay with Ireland.”
Previous injury worries Richard Dunne and Robbie Keane should be fit to play, while Keith Andrews has returned to the squad after his layoff.
Stephen Hunt remains out injured, while Anthony Stokes misses out once again, thanks to the league form of Leon Best and Jon Walters’ starting role for Stoke.
Keiren Westwood (Coventry), David Forde (Millwall), Darren Randolph (Motherwell)
Kevin Foley (Wolves), John O’Shea (Man Utd), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Sean St. Ledger (Preston), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Darren O’Dea (Celtic), Kevin Kilbane (Huddersfield), Marc Wilson (Stoke)
Seamus Coleman (Everton), Damien Duff (Fulham), James McCarthy (Wigan), Keith Andrews (Blackburn), Glen Whelan (Stoke), Darron Gibson (Man Utd), Liam Lawrence (Portsmouth), Paul Green (Derby), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Keith Treacy (Preston), Keith Fahey (Birmingham)
Robbie Keane (West Ham), Leon Best (Newcastle), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long (Reading), Jon Walters (Stoke), Andy Keogh (Bristol City)