Trapattoni names 23-man Republic of Ireland squad to face Sweden and Austria
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named his final 23-man squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.
Trapattoni had selected 29 players in his initial squad, but has been forced to leave out Anthony Pilkington, Aiden McGeady, and Paul McShane through injury. The Italian has also axed Wolverhampton Wanderers duo Kevin Doyle and Stephen Ward, while Reading defender Alex Pearce and West Ham United full-back Joey O’Brien have also been left out.
With Pilkington and McGeady sidelined, Trapattoni has drafted in Millwall’s Andy Keogh as cover out wide. Sean St Ledger is included in the panel after featuring for Leicester City in the past few weeks, following five months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
Speaking about the final squad, Trapattoni discussed how difficult it was to narrow his squad down. “As a manager, I am sometimes faced with some very tough decisions, but I feel that the squad I have chosen will get us the results we need from these two qualifiers,” he said.
“I have not made these choices lightly, and will continue to monitor each player’s progress ahead of our next challenges in May and June.”
Ireland travel to Stockholm to play Sweden on Friday March 22nd, before hosting Austria in Dublin on March 26th.
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