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Shamrock Rovers Jack Byrne called up to Ireland squad


Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne has been rewarded for his fine form at club level by being drafted into the Republic of Ireland squad for the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy watched the Dubliner produce a Man-of-the-Match performance in Rovers’ 3-0 victory over Sligo Rovers last Friday and was suitably impressed by the 22-year-old.

The manager has now decided to bring Byrne into the squad ahead of training on Monday morning at FAI National Training Centre after Callum O’Dowda was ruled out due to a knee injury, after flying into Dublin to be assessed by FAI medical staff.

O’Dowda joins Alan Browne and Ronan Curtis on the list of injured players who have dropped out from the original squad, while Kevin Long and Josh Cullen have reported for duty at the team base.

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, defender Richard Keogh and midfielder Conor Hourihane will miss training on Monday due to being afforded extra time before reporting in but all are expected to feature on Tuesday.

Tickets are still on sale for Mick McCarthy’s first home game in his second spell as Ireland manager as Georgia come to visit on March 26.


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