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Bohemians Goalkeeper James Talbot Called Up To Ireland Squad

Bohemians Goalkeeper James Talbot Called Up To Ireland Squad

Behemians goalkeeper James Talbot has been called up to the Ireland squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 Qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar.

The Bohs stopped has enjoyed a fantastic campaign between the sticks in the thus far, and is the second League of Ireland player to be called up by McCarthy after Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne. Talbot joined the Dublin club this season having left Sunderland last summer.

Mick McCarthy had this to say to the FAI's website after Talbot's inclusion was announced:

We've had a couple of injuries to goalkeepers and Caoimhin Kelleher is going to the Toulon Tournament with the Under-21s, so we've brought in James Talbot due to his recent form with Bohemians.

Our goalkeeping coach, Alan Kelly, had been keeping an eye on the lad and he has done very well. We are happy to release him to play for his club. I've spoken to Keith Long and he's been very supportive. And he's delighted for James.

We understand it's an important time for Bohemians but equally this is a great opportunity for James to come in with us.

Talbot is not the only goalkeeper to be called in to train with the squad. Bristol City stopped Max O'Leary has also been brought into the international fray after some fine displays in the Championship this season.

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O'Leary qualifies to play for Ireland via his Kerry-born grandfather. He is not yet eligible to play with Ireland as his paperwork is still being processed, but is expected to be involved in future squads.

Ireland will travel to take on Denmark on June 7th, before hosting Gibraltar three days later. McCarthy will be hoping to build on a solid start to the campaign, although it could be argued that the Danes will Ireland's first major test of the campaign.

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