Keogh named in Ireland 23 for qualifiers
Updated: Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 19:07
Andy Keogh has been named in Giovanni Trapattoni's squad of 23 for the upcoming qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.
The Millwall striker was not named in the manager's initial squad of 29 named last week.
Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has been dropped from the squad, while Joey O’Brien, Alex Pearce and Stephen Ward have also been cut from the original 29.
Paul McShane, Aiden McGeady and Anthony Pilkington were named in the 29-man-squad but are all ruled out through injury.
Trapattoni waited until today’s games in the English Premier League and Championship were finished to determine the fitness of some players, and see who came through this weekend’s games without injury.
“The Ireland manager said: ‘As a manager, I am sometimes faced with some very tough decisions, but I feel that the squad I have chosen will get us the results we need from these two qualifiers.
“I have not made these choices lightly, and will continue to monitor each player’s progress ahead of our next challenges in May and June.”
The Republic of Ireland squad will assemble for training in Malahide tomorrow.
Ireland squad for Sweden/Austria fixtures: David Forde, Keiren Westwood, Darren Randolph, John O’Shea, Sean St Ledger, Ciaran Clark, Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman, Stephen Kelly, Darren O’Dea, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Paul Green, Wes Hoolahan, Jeff Hendrick, James McClean, Andy Keogh, Robbie Brady, Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Conor Sammon, Jon Walters, Simon Cox.
Stand-by list: Kevin Doyle, Stephen Ward, Joey O’Brien, Alex Pearce, Stephen Henderson, David Meyler.