Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers is facing into a very busy few days, as he is set to replace David Forde in the Irish squad. Forde has decided to stay at Portsmouth in an attempt to force his way back into the No.1 jersey, and Martin O'Neill has today confirmed his intention to replace Forde with the Dundalk goalkeeper.
O'Neill has indicated that Rogers will be part of the squad for the Oman game, and will be asked to travel with the squad for the Serbia game on Monday.
Rogers will also be released to play for Dundalk, as the champions face into a couple of massive games in a short period of time: they face Bohs in the league on Friday and are away to Sligo the following Tuesday.
Should Rogers get a run out tomorrow night, or profit from someone else's misfortune and end up playing against Serbia, he will become the first Meathman ever to play international football for Ireland.
Meath is one of five counties yet to have a native son play football for Ireland, along with Leitrim, Carlow, Tyrone and Offaly.
Should he play, Rogers will also become the first League of Ireland player to line out for Ireland in a very long time. This is via the 42: the last was Joe Gamble, then of Cork City, who played alongside Joe Lapira on the 2007 U.S. Tour under Steve Staunton. This tour is also known as The Answer To Every Quiz Question In Irish Football.
O'Neill also confirmed that he would have selected more Dundalk players had their schedule been less hectic.
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