Trapattoni picks final 25 man squad for Slovakia and Russia
Giovanni Trapattoni has cut his Republic of Ireland squad to 25 ahead of our Group B matches against Slovakia and Russia next month.
Paul McShane and Seamus Coleman have not recovered from injury, and are omitted, while James McCarthy, Marc Wilson, Jon Walters, Ciaran Clark, and Damien Delaney have been dropped in favour of more experienced players. Aiden McGeady is included despite injury, and Trapattoni faces a nervous wait to see if the Spartak Moscow winger will be fit in time.
“Picking the final 25 players for the squad has not been an easy task,” Trap admitted. “Unfortunately some players have been left out. We will continue to monitor their progress with their clubs, and call them up if necessary.”
James McCarthy can instead be called up for Noel King’s under 21 squad who face Hungary and Turkey in Euro 2013 qualification. Ciaran Clark, although 21, cannot be called up as “Players are eligible to play in the competition if they were born on or after 1 January 1990″, and he was born in 1989.
Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall)
Defenders: John O’Shea (Sunderland), Kevin Foley (Wolves), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Wolves), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Kevin Kilbane (Derby), Sean St. Ledger (Leicester City), Darren O’Dea (Leeds Utd)
Midfielders: Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Darron Gibson (Manchester Utd), Keith Andrews (Ipswich), Keith Fahey (Birmingham), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolves), Liam Lawrence (Portsmouth), Keith Treacy (Burnley)
Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long (WBA), Simon Cox (West Brom), Andy Keogh (Leeds Utd)