Giovanni Trapattoni names final 23 man Ireland squad for Euro 2012
Giovanni Trapattoni has submitted his 23 player squad list for Euro 2012, with Kevin Foley missing out at the expense of Paul McShane.
Foley has been trying to overcome a hamstring problem, but has failed to shake it off, and will be replaced by Hull City defender Paul McShane in the final 23 man squad. Trapattoni was also forced to replace Birmingham City midfielder Keith Fahey, after he did not recover from a groin injury. Paul Green will take his place, and is looking for a new club after rejecting a contract offer from Derby County.
Trapattoni told reporters at the Irish training camp in Montecantini of his decision. “With the injuries that we experienced in the squad over the past week, I have had to make a tough decision when it comes to naming the 23 players that must be submitted to Uefa for the championship,” Trapattoni said. “Kevin Foley, John O’Shea, Paul McShane, Darren O’Dea, Shay Given had all been carrying knocks and we have been monitoring them closely in their recovery.
“Although Kevin has been recovering well, I have made the difficult decision to leave him out of the 23 player list after completing fitness tests on John O’Shea and Paul Mc Shane this morning. I have spoken to him and understand how difficult it is, saying that he can remain with the squad if he wishes.”
Full Ireland squad:
Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall) John O’Shea (Sunderland), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Sean St Ledger (Leicester City), Darren O’Dea (Leeds United), Paul McShane (Hull City); Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Keith Andrews (West Bromwich Albion), Paul Green (unattached), Darron Gibson (Everton), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolverhampton Wanderers), James McClean (Sunderland), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion), Simon Cox (West Bromwich Albion), Jon Walters (Stoke City)