Martin O’Neill names squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying games against Georgia & Serbia

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Updated: August 29, 2017
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Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill has named a 25-man panel of players ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Round games against Georgia away on Saturday 2nd September and Serbia at home on Tuesday 5th September 5.

A number of players were not considered due to injuries, namely James McCarthy (hamstring), Jeff Hendrick (quad), Eunan O’Kane (groin).

O’Neill has confirmed that Keiren Westwood (knee), David Meyler (knee) and Jonathan Walters (ankle) did not take a full part in training, as a precautionary measure, on Monday, 28th August, but all are due to train today (Tuesday).

The squad will have three more sessions there before departing for Tbilisi on Thursday, ahead of the game against Georgia next Saturday.

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday).

Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley).

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Sunderland), Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), David Meyler (Hull City), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Jonathan Hayes (Celtic), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City).

Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

The Republic of Ireland currently lies in second position behind Serbia, but level on points (12), in qualifying Group D. Wales are on 8 points, the same as the Austrians who lie in fourth place. Georgia, Ireland’s opponents on Saturday are 5th on 3 points with Moldova bringing up the end of the qualifying group with just 2 points.

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