In a squad that lacks goals at the minute, it is hard to understand the reasoning of leaving out two Irish strikers in the form of their lives at the moment.
Martin O’Neill named his squad for friendlies with Uruguay & Mexico & our qualifier with Austria.
Sean Maguire currently has 11 League goals so far in the League of Ireland and is getting talked about consistently about a move across the pond to a Championship side / Scottish Premiership.
O’Neill may not think he has the experience at this level which is slightly understandable, however would people agree that a young, hungry & prolific striker in the League of Ireland is a better option than David McGoldrick?
We think so.
A man that could feel the most hard done by is Bailieborough’s Cillian Sheridan.
The Cavan man is currently in Poland at Jagiellonia Bialystok who are currently leading the Polish top division.
Sheridan has scored 6 times in 10 league matches since his move from Omonia Nicosia.
Again a player in top form, scoring goals at a high level being left out?
O’Neill had this to say about Sheridan, “Obviously a consideration. Other people are in front of him at the moment but we’re keeping a close eye.”
Former League of Ireland player Kevin Long has received his first call up while former Dundalk players Daryl Horgan & Andy Boyle have also made the squad.
Full squad named below:
Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (West Ham United)
Defenders: Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce (Derby County), Paul McShane (Reading), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Andy Boyle (Preston North End), John Egan (Brentford), Marc Wilson (West Bromwich Albion), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Everton), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City), Eunan O’Kane (Leeds United), Darron Gibson (Sunderland), Liam Kelly (Reading), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen)
Forwards: Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town), Daryl Murphy (Newcastle United), Shane Long (Southampton), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Adam Rooney (Aberdeen)