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Ireland Provisional Squad Named For Crucial Greece And Montenegro Qualifiers

Ireland Provisional Squad Named For Crucial Greece And Montenegro Qualifiers

Ireland manager Vera Pauw has named a 26-strong provisional squad for the upcoming Euro 2021 qualifiers against Greece and Montenegro.

The squad sees the 100-cap defender Aine O'Gorman come out of retirement to be selected by Pauw for the first time.

The squad also sees the return of Courtney Brosnan, Harriet Scott, Megan Connolly, Niamh Farrelly, Ruesha Littlejohn and Heather Payne who all missed Ireland's most recent qualifier against Greece in November. Megan Connolly and Keeva Keenan both miss out through injury.

Ireland play Greece at Tallaght Stadium on March 5th before travelling to face Montenegro on March 11th. 3,500 have already gone for the home tie.

Ireland currently sit second in Group I with seven points from three games. They are five points behind leaders Germany who have played a game more.

Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (SC Braga), Grace Moloney (Reading), Courtney Brosnan (West Ham United), Niamh Reid Burke (Peamount United)

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Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Aine O'Gorman (Peamount United), Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Claire O'Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Jamie Finn (Shelbourne), Claire Walsh (Peamount United), Chloe Mustaki (Charlton Athletic)

Midfielders: Julie-Ann Russell (Sydney University), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Hayley Nolan (University of Hartford), Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne), Ruesha Littlejohn (West Ham United)

Forwards: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Clare Shine (Glasgow City), Heather Payne (Florida State University), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United), Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Rianna Jarrett (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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