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Two New Faces In Ireland’s 33-Man Squad To Face Georgia And Moldova

LYON, FRANCE - JUNE 25: In this handout image provided by UEFA, Republic of Ireland head coach Martin O'Neill faces the media during the Republic of Ireland press conference on June 25, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)

Martin O’Neill has this morning confirmed his Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers next month.

The two fixtures, against Georgia at the Aviva on October 6th and Moldova in Chisinau three days later, will see the Boys in Green looking to build on the point gained in Serbia in what was generally a poor performance, despite the 2-2 draw.

O’Neill named a 33-man squad this morning, that sees a first call-up for Barnsley’s Conor Hourihane. The 25-year-old previously represented Ireland at under-19 and under-21 level.

Falkirk goalkeeper Danny Rogers, on loan from Aberdeen, is also named in the squad for the first time.

O’Neill has resisted the urge to call up Brentford pair John Egan and Scott Hogan, while the calls for Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan to be included have also not been answered.

Shane Duffy returns to the squad having suspended for the previous qualifier against Serbia.

Republic of Ireland Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Danny Rogers (Falkirk)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce (Derby County) Paul McShane (Reading), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Marc Wilson (Bournemouth), Stephen Ward (Burnley)

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Preston North End*), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Stephen Quinn (Reading), David Meyler (Hull City), Conor Hourihane (Barnsley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O’Kane (Leeds United), Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen)

Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Newcastle United), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids)

O’Neill also took this opportunity to confirm that he, and his entire backroom staff, have signed the new contract that was verbally agreed before the recent European Championships.

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