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McCarthy Trims Squad By 15 Ahead Of Euro 2020 Qualifiers

McCarthy Trims Squad By 15 Ahead Of Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Mick McCarthy has finalised his 23-man Ireland squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia later this month.

Ireland play away to Gibraltar on March 23rd and then at home to Georgia on March 26th.

Kieran O'Hara and Caoimhin Kelleher are the goalkeepers named in the 38-man provisional squad who have not been named in the 23-man group. Kelleher was yesterday included in Stephen Kenny's U21 squad.

Defenders, Cyrus Christie, Kevin Long, Jimmy Dunne, Derrick Williams and Stephen Ward; midfielders, Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy, David Meyler, Shaun Williams and Daryl Horgan; forwards, Scott Hogan, Aiden O'Brien and Padraig Amond are the others to be omitted.

Ronan Curtis and Alan Browne may yet be withdrawn from the squad. Portsmouth striker Curtis suffered a freak finger injury which has required surgery. Browne limped off after just 22 minutes of Preston's win against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

Ireland squad to play Gibraltar and Georgia

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Mark Travers (Bournemouth)

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Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Keogh (Derby County), John Egan (Sheffield United), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Ipswich Town), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Harry Arter (Cardiff City*), Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), James Collins (Luton Town)

*Indicates player is on loan

See Also: James McClean Hits Out At 'Hypocritical And Stupid' English FA For Lack Of Action

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