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Surprise Inclusions As Martin O'Neill Names Ireland Squad For Summer Games

Surprise Inclusions As Martin O'Neill Names Ireland Squad For Summer Games

Martin O'Neill has named his provisional Ireland squad for the upcoming games against Celtic, France and the United States.

The 40-man squad features some new names to Martin O'Neill's group.

Shamrock Rovers striker Graham Burke, formally of Aston Villa, has been named, as has Sean Maguire's fellow Preston forward Callum Robinson. The Northampton-born 23-year-old qualifies to play for Ireland through his maternal grandmother who is from Monaghan.

Former St. Pat's man Conor O'Malley has been named as one of six goalkeepers. The Mayo player has featured for Peterborough this season.

Among the midfield options is Millwall's Shaun Williams. The Dubliner has earned the call-up aged 31.

Goalkeepers

Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United), Ian Lawlor (Doncaster Rovers), Conor O'Malley (Peterborough United)

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Defenders

Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Alex Pearce, Richard Keogh (Derby County), John Egan (Brentford), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Greg Cunningham (Preston North End)

Midfielders

Alan Judge (Brentford), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), David Meyler (Hull City), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion),

Forwards

Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers)

Ireland play Celtic on May 20th, France on May 28th and USA on June 2nd.

Martin O'Neill has said that John O'Shea will lead Ireland out against the USA. It will be his final game in an Ireland jersey.

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