Martin O’Neill outdid himself on Monday morning by naming a hefty 39-man Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming international matches against Wales and Iceland.
While the squad itself will have satisfied just about everyone (particularly with the inclusions of John Egan and Liam Kelly), there has been slight disappointment in some circles regarding the omission of striker Cillian Sheridan.
The 28-year-old recently signed for Polish side Jagiellonia Białystok having enjoyed a successful three-and-a-half year stint in Cyprus with APOEL and Omonoia in Nocisia, and while O’Neill has overlooked Sheridan for this squad, he revealed in his press conference on Monday that the door is far from closed on the former Celtic forward’s international career:
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Sheridan had said (via the42) that the possibility of international recognition was a big factor in his move to Poland, and it seems that this has resonated with O’Neill as he looks to expand his striking options. The Cavan native is one of the few players eligible to play for Ireland plying his trade in a country not on the British Isles, though a recall to the Irish senior side could see more like him expand their horizons.
His international experience thus far has been limited, winning three caps under Giovanni Trapattoni in 2010, but his record in front of goal (espcially since moveing to wider Europe) has led to calls for him to at least be given a chance with the Ireland team once again.
In the meantime, O’Neill has selected Shane Long, Kevin Doyle, David McGoldrick, Daryl Murphy, Adam Rooney and Jonathan Walters as the forward options for the next two internationals.