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Seamus Coleman Is Back! Martin O'Neill Names Youthful Ireland Squad For Turkey Friendly

Martin O'Neill has named his Ireland for the friendly against Turkey in Antalya on March 23rd.

Seamus Coleman makes his return for the first time in nearly a year. The Ireland captain suffered a double fracture of his leg during the World Cup qualifier against Wales nearly a year ago.

It is a squad full of youth. Shane Long is the only outfield player over the age of 30.

Some notable names include West Ham defender Declan Rice. The 19-year-old, born in London, is one of the most exciting prospects available to Martin O'Neill.

There's also Man Utd goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara, Sheffield United's Enda Stevens and Blackburn Rovers duo Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams and Reading's Liam Kelly.

After his recent return from injury for Preston, and also immediate return to goalscoring form, Seani Maguire is also included.

Here's the full 30-man Ireland squad:

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GOALKEEPERS

Rob Elliot, Colin Doyle, Kieran O'Hara, Keiren Westwood

DEFENDERS

Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, Matt Doherty, Declan Rice, John Egan, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Kevin Long, Alex Pearce, Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams, Greg Cunningham, Enda Stevens

MIDFIELDERS

Alan Judge, Conor Hourihane, Jeff Hendrick, Harry Arter, David Meyler, Eunan O'Kane, Liam Kelly, Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan, James McClean

FORWARDS

Shane Long, Scott Hogan, Sean Maguire

Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

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