Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named a 23-man squad to face Serbia in an international friendly on August 15th.
The Italian has named a youthful squad with the likes of James McCarthy, Marc Wilson and Seamus Coleman all included while senior players Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Keith Andrews, and Stephen Hunt have all been rested.
Speaking the announcement of his first squad since the European Championship at the FAI AGM in Donegal Trapattoni said. “This friendly offers us a great opportunity to try out younger players ahead of our World Cup qualifying campaign,” said Trapattoni. “As a result, I have decided to leave some of our senior players out of the squad for this fixture.
“Serbia are a very good team with a great football heritage, and will provide us with a great test before our game against Kazakhstan in September.
“I am looking forward to working with each of these players next month. As we prepare for a new journey for this team, it is important that we remember our last campaign as we build for a brighter future.”
Trapattoni also hinted that he would start with Wigan midfielder McCarthy against the Serbian’s with Keith Andrews suspended for Ireland’s first qualifier in Kazakhstan adding “I wish to see McCarthy in this game. I wish to see McCarthy and we prefer McCarthy at this moment.
“Now we wish to try young players in this friendly game to give this opportunity to show us how what they can do.”
Ireland squad: Westwood, Forde, Randolph, Wilson, O’Shea, St Ledger, O’Dea, Ward, Kelly, McShane, Whelan, Gibson, McCarthy, Green, Coleman, McGeady, Keogh, McClean, Treacy, Doyle, Long, Cox, Walters