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Kevin Foley refuses Republic of Ireland call-up, senior players excused for Serbia friendly

Updated: Friday, 20 Jul 2012 14:59 | Comments

Kevin Foley told Giovanni Trapattoni that he wasn't ready to return to the squad just yet
Kevin Foley told Giovanni Trapattoni that he wasn't ready to return to the squad just yet

Giovanni Trapattoni has announced his squad for the upcoming friendly against Serbia but there is no place for Wes Hoolahan or Stephen Hunt.

The manager said he spoke to Kevin Foley, dropped on the eve of Euro 2012 despite being included in the original squad, who said he was not ready to return to the team at this point. 

Captain Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne, Damien Duff and Shay Given are also absentees. 

Trapattoni said he told the senior players that because it was only a friendly they would be excused. 

Republic of Ireland: Westwood, Forde, Randolph, Wilson, O'Shea, St Ledger, O'Dea, Ward, Kelly, McShane, Whelan, Gibson, McCarthy, Green, Coleman, McGeady, Keogh, McClean, Treacy, Doyle, Long, Cox, Walters.

The game will take place in Belgrade, Serbia on 15 August.

Making the announcement at the FAI’s AGM Festival of Football in Ballybofey, Co Donegal, the Italian said: “This friendly offers us a great opportunity to try out younger players ahead of our World Cup qualifying campaign.

"As a result, I have decided to leave some of our senior players out of the squad for this fixture. Serbia are a very good team with a great football heritage, and will provide us with a great test before our game against Kazakhstan in September."

He added: “I am looking forward to working with each of these players next month. As we prepare for a new journey for this team, it is important that we remember our last campaign as we build for a brighter future.”

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