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Martin O’Neill has named the 34-man Republic of Ireland provisional squad for next month’s World Cup play-off.
The boys in green will take on Denmark in Copenhagen on November 11th, before hosting the Danes in Dublin three days later. There are few surprises in the squad, which will be trimmed to around 25 players closer to the trip to Denmark.
James McCarthy is included after making his Everton comeback on Wednesday, but Jon Walters has been ruled out through injury, and Seamus Coleman remains sidelined.
“Jon is making good progress,” said O’Neill of Walters. “I have spoken to him and he’s coming on well, and maybe if things change for the lad over the next ten days, he could still come in if he continues to improve fitness-wise.”
O’Neill also said the return of McCarthy is good news for Ireland.
“I was at the game,” he stated. “It’s good for him. He hasn’t payed in some time. He got through that last night.
“That’s encouraging. He seemed to be alright and that’s good news for us.”
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Keiren Westwood, Rob Elliot, Colin Doyle
Defenders: Cyrus Christie, Matt Doherty, Paul McShane, Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, John O’Shea, Kevin Long, Stephen Ward
Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, Daryl Horgan, Alan Browne, Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane, Harry Arter, James McCarthy, Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Eunan O’Kane, David Meyler, Wes Hoolahan, Callum O’Dowda, Jonny Hayes, James McClean
Forwards: Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick, Sean Maguire, Scott Hogan, Aiden O’Brien