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Martin O’Neill names squad for Wales & Poland


Martin O’Neill has selected a provisional Republic of Ireland squad for the UEFA Nations League opener against Wales (September 6) and the international friendly with Poland (September 11).

Injury results in Everton midfielder James McCarthy (leg), Robbie Brady, (ankle) Scott Hogan (groin), and Preston North End forward Sean Maguire (hamstring) being ruled out, while a number of senior players who missed the friendlies against Turkey, France and United States return.

There is a first senior call-up for goalkeeper Sean McDermott, who plays for Kristiansund BK in Norway’s Eliteseruen. The 25-year-old qualifies through his Donegal-born father and has represented Ireland at Under-17, U-19 and U-21 level.

Preston North End forward Callum Robinson has received international clearance after obtaining an Irish passport through his Monaghan-born grandmother. He featured for an Ireland XI in the Scott Brown Testimonial in May.

The Ireland squad will report into camp on Sunday, September 2 before travelling to Cardiff on Tuesday, September 4 for the game against Wales. The squad will then travel on to Poland ahead of the game on Tuesday, September 11.

An updated squad will be announced on Monday, September 3 ahead of training at the FAI National Training Centre.

Republic of Ireland Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle (Hearts), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK), Kieran O’Hara (Macclesfield Town*), Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), David Meyler (Reading), Harry Arter (Cardiff City*), Daryl Horgan (Hibernian), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Graham Burke, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall)

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3 thoughts on “Martin O’Neill names squad for Wales & Poland

  1. Wouldn’t be getting the Declan Rice situation with top LOI players. Unfortunately Michael Duffy’s international transfer hasn’t come through in time.

    While its a good idea to keep player pool as big as possible, an I’m happy to see that Ian Lawlor and Conor O’Malley haven’t been rewarded for sitting on the bench in League One, surely a top LOI keeper like Supple or Bazunu deserves the call-up more than Sean McDermott, an uninspiring Norwegian-born lad playing for the 8th best team in Norway. His club average an attendance of almost 1000 less per game than Cork City. He was in the top 12 for clean cheets in the 2017 Eliteserien and has just 4 clean sheets in 20 league games this year, the same amount as Gavin Bazunu kept in his first 4 games! Would have been great to see young Bazunu (9 years his junior!) in the squad as 3rd/4th choice keeper to get the experience, particularly after winning player of the month.

  2. probably too soon for Bazunu, he has only played a handful of LOI games. I’m sure his time will come, in the meantime it’s no harm to have a look at other players

    1. Yes too early for him to be in there purely on ability (not that he’s crazy far off when you look at who’s there!) but now more than ever we can see that there’s more reason than that to keep lads in the loop. By the look of him he’s eligible for more than just Ireland so crucial that we hold tightly onto him. He’d benefit an awful lot from being in there also and on top of that his value would go up even more and we’d be looking at the LOI’s first half mill transfer! The FAI need to work more cohesively for the greater good, a la IRFU

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