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Connor and Gartland earn 'B' call-up

Updated: Thursday, 08 Nov 2007 15:08

Graham Gartland of Drogheda United has earned a call-up to the Republic of Ireland 'B' squad
Graham Gartland of Drogheda United has earned a call-up to the Republic of Ireland 'B' squad

Drogheda United’s Dan Connor and Graham Gartland have been selected by Pat Devlin, Republic of Ireland’s ‘B’ international manager in the 18 man squad to face Scotland on Tuesday, 20 November at Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie.

The pair have been rewarded for their part in helping Drogheda United clinch their first ever eircom League of Ireland title this season.

Also included in the squad are Birmingham City’s Colin Doyle and Ipswich Town defender, Alex Bruce who featured for the Republic of Ireland senior side for last summer’s trip to the USA where they played Ecuador and Bolivia.

‘This upcoming B international friendly against Scotland is a considerable opportunity for every member of this 18-man squad. From our first ‘B’ international last November, there are eight players who featured that night who received full senior international caps in both Euro 2008 qualification and international friendlies,’ said Devlin.

‘It is always a difficult task to narrow an international squad down to 18 as we have a big pool of talented players.

'Moving forward, I think it is important that we continue working on extending the ‘B’ International schedule because at senior international level, sometimes you do not get the opportunity to blood young players, we now have that chance to give vital experience to these lads,' Devlin added.

‘There’s a good mix of players in the squad, we have players from the English Premier League and Championship, the Scottish Premier League and of course two from the eircom league of Ireland.'

Republic of Ireland 'B' squad to face Scotland on 20 November at Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie:

Colin Doyle (Birmingham City) Dan Connor (Drogheda United) Alex Bruce (Ipswich Town) Graham Gartland (Drogheda United) Kevin Foley (Wolves) Sean Dillon (Dundee United) Jim Goodwin (Scunthorpe) Michael Doyle (Coventry City) Jay Tabb (Coventry City) Glenn Whelan (Sheffield Wednesday) Wes Hoolahan (Blackpool) David Bell (Luton Town) Caleb Folan (Hull City) Roy O’ Donovan (Sunderland) Mark Yeates (Colchester) Noel Hunt (Dundee United) Jon Walters (Ipswich) Stephen Ward (Wolves)              

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