Giovanni Trapattoni names Ireland squad to face Poland
Giovanni Trapattoni has named a 26-man Republic of Ireland squad for February’s friendly international with Poland.
Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington, Ipswich Town goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, and Derby County trio Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick, and Conor Sammon are all in line to make their Ireland debuts in the game. Trapattoni has left out senior players Stephen Kelly and Robbie Keane, while Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne is on the standby list.
Speaking from Italy, Trapattoni said “I have decided to use this friendly game as an opportunity to work with younger players to see their potential. As a result, I have given senior players like Robbie Keane and Stephen Kelly a break for this fixture. We saw a number of strong performances from our younger players in the second half of last year and we intend to build from those strong foundations, using this friendly match to introduce more new talent like Pilkington, Hendrick, Sammon and (Richard) Keogh. I look forward to working with these players, and seeing what they have to offer.”
The game takes place at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on February 6th, with tickets priced €20 and upwards on sale now.
Republic of Ireland Squad:
Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall), Stephen Henderson (West Ham United)
John O’Shea (Sunderland), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Darren O’Dea (Toronto), Paul McShane (Hull City), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Greg Cunningham (Bristol City), Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City), James McClean (Sunderland), Robbie Brady (Hull City), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), David Meyler (Hull City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)
Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest), Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion), Jon Walters (Stoke City), Conor Sammon (Derby County), Andy Keogh (Millwall), Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
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