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Kenny Thinks Two New Faces Can Bring Something Completely Different To Ireland Squad

Kenny Thinks Two New Faces Can Bring Something Completely Different To Ireland Squad
By Gary Connaughton
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Stephen Kenny named his Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendlies against Andorra and Hungary earlier today, with four players receiving their first call-ups.

Jamie McGrath (St Mirren), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Danny Mandriou (Shamrock Rovers), and Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham) have all been included in the senior squad for the first time ahead of the training camp in Spain.

McGrath certainly seemed like an obvious choice, with his goalscoring exploits from midfield something no other members of the squad can really match.


Chiedozie Ogbene is also an interesting selection. He has previously featured for both Cork City and Limerick in the League of Ireland, making the move to Rotherham in 2019. While he has had his injury troubles over the last couple of years, he is a hugely talented winger.

Speaking after his panel was announced, Stephen Kenny said that both McGrath and Ogbene can bring something different in comparison to every other member of the squad.

Jamie McGrath has been a a gradual improver. He is technically excellent, very good feet, good right and left foot. Obviously has scored 17 goals for St Mirren this year and has done very well overall.

He is a very creative player and different to the type of midfield players that we have...

Chiedozie Ogbene, having gone from Limerick to England, he had a great season with Rotherham two seasons ago in League One. He is very, vary fast powerful right winger.

We don't have that type of player in the squad, he is different to what we have got.

He's very quick and was very influential in Rotherham getting promoted to the Championship. Unfortunately he has been injured for a lot of the year, he had an injury that kept him out for five months.

That limited his availability to Rotherham this year and I think they missed him. He came towards the end of the season, I seen him play. He was playing as a wing back or centre forward, but he's mainly a right winger and that's where he does his best work.

Ireland will face Andorra on June 3rd, followed by a game against Hungary five days later.

SEE ALSO: A Number Of New Players Included As Kenny Names Squad For June Friendlies

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