Martin O’Neill has called four new players into the Republic of Ireland squad for the games against Northern Ireland and Denmark later this month.
Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, Hearts defender Jimmy Dunne, Rotherham United midfielder Ryan Manning and Southampton forward Michael Obafemi will all have an opportunity to win their first caps.
Rep Ire vs N Ireland
November 15, 2018, 7:30pm
Everton defender Seamus Coleman and Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady return to the squad after recovering from foot and ankle injuries respectively.
Stephen Ward (knee) and Jonathan Walters (Achilles) are ruled out.
As expected, West Ham’s Declan Rice is also absent from the squad as he continues to weigh up his international future.
Glenn Whelan will captain the side in the friendly match against Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on November 15, in what will be his 85th appearance for his country.
Denmark vs Rep Ire
November 19, 2018, 9:45pm
The Aston Villa midfielder will not be part of the squad for the UEFA Nations League clash with Denmark on November 19.
The Ireland squad will report into camp on Sunday, November 11.
Republic of Ireland Provisional Squad
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Colin Doyle (Hearts), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Jimmy Dunne (Hearts*), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)
Midfielders: Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Cardiff City*), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), David Meyler (Reading), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Richie Towell, Ryan Manning (Rotherham United*), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)
Forwards: Shane Long, Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth)
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