Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy, has named a 30-man squad for their upcoming training camp in Portugal ahead of June’s Euro 2020 qualifying games with Denmark and Gibraltar.
Following his stunning Premier League debut for Bournemouth this past weekend, Kildare native, Mark Travers, has been named alongside regular number one, Darren Randolph and Kieran O’Hara, the Manchester United shot-stopper currently on loan at Macclesfield Town.
McCarthy confirmed yesterday that Travers would be included in the squad following his Man of the Match display against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend. The Ireland manager revealed that he was contacted before that game by Sky Sports pundit, Alan McInally.
“Alan [McInally] is an old mate of mine and a thorough professional. When he knew Mark [Travers] was going to start the game, Alan rang for my opinion as part of his homework for the game.” As reported by the FAI.
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“I gave Mark a glowing reference. He was brilliant when he came into the squad for the games against Gibraltar and Georgia in March, on and off the pitch. Mark’s attitude around the camp impressed everyone and on the training ground, he was a different class with the way he trained and applied himself.
“I told Alan I think he’s top class so I wasn’t surprised Mark got the Man of the Match award against Spurs. Mark is only 19 but that’s not a problem for me – I gave Shay Given his debut at 19 and Robbie Keane was first capped at 18.
“Mark more than justified his inclusion in the squad back in March and he will be in Portugal for our training camp in a couple of weeks.”
Sheffield United’s John Egan has been included in the squad following the Blades recent promotion back to the Premier League while Shane Long is included in the squad following a return to goalscoring form for Southampton in recent weeks.