Trapattoni names Ireland squad to face Serbia
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named a 23-man squad to face Serbia in an international friendly later this month.
Senior players Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Keith Andrews, and Stephen Hunt have all been left out as Trap tries a new approach for World Cup qualifying. Trap hinted that he will start James McCarthy in Andrews’ role as the experienced midfielder is suspended for Ireland’s first qualifier in Kazakhstan.
Trapattoni named his squad at the FAI AGM in Donegal. “This friendly offers us a great opportunity to try out younger players ahead of our World Cup qualifying campaign,” said Trapattoni. “As a result, I have decided to leave some of our senior players out of the squad for this fixture.
“Serbia are a very good team with a great football heritage, and will provide us with a great test before our game against Kazakhstan in September.
“I am looking forward to working with each of these players next month. As we prepare for a new journey for this team, it is important that we remember our last campaign as we build for a brighter future.”
Westwood, Forde, Randolph, Wilson, O’Shea, St Ledger, O’Dea, Ward, Kelly, McShane, Whelan, Gibson, McCarthy, Green, Coleman, McGeady, Keogh, McClean, Treacy, Doyle, Long, Cox, Walters