Trapattoni names Ireland squad for Croatia friendly
Giovanni Trapattoni has named 32 players in his preliminary squad for next month’s friendly against Croatia.
With the match almost four weeks away (see our countdown timer on the bottom right of the page), the Irish manager has named quite a large squad in order to deal with prospective injuries and withdrawals. After their absences for the Carling Nations Cup games, Stoke trio Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan, and Jon Walters return to the squad, as does James McCarthy who missed those games due to injury.
There is no place for either Caleb Folan or Anthony Stokes, who both pulled out of the last series of games. As for the included players, Trapattoni asserted his authority by stating that the previous withdrawals must declare their intentions before turning up. “They must say ‘I want to come to the team’,” said Trapattoni. “I’ll ask [them] why they didn’t come. They must say ‘I wish or no’.”
There are no uncapped players in the squad, as Trapattoni sticks with his tried and tested approach, although Wilson, Walters, Clark, Ward, Cox, and McCarthy could be expected to add to their respective hauls.
Goalkeepers: Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, David Forde
Defenders: John O’Shea, Paul McShane, Kevin Foley, Seamus Coleman, Stephen Kelly, Stephen Ward, Richard Dunne, Sean St. Ledger, Darren O’Dea, Damien Delaney, Ciaran Clark, Kevin Kilbane
Midfielders: Glenn Whelan, Darron Gibson, Keith Andrews, Keith Fahey, Aiden McGeady, Damien Duff, Stephen Hunt, Liam Lawrence, James McCarthy, Keith Treacy, Marc Wilson
Strikers: Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Jon Walters, Shane Long, Simon Cox, Andy Keogh