Martin O’Neill has unveiled his 37-man Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendlies against Mexico and Uruguay, as well as the World Cup qualifier against Austria.
? @FAIreland manager Martin O’Neill announces a 37-man squad for the June fixtures!
— FAIreland (@FAIreland) May 15, 2017
Burnley defender Kevin Long is included, with the former Cork City defender having just broken into the Burnley starting lineup. Long is the sole new face, with Reading’s Liam Kelly also drafted in having been on the original panel for the Wales and Iceland fixtures before ultimately missing out.
Marc Wilson and Darron Gibson also return to the squad after prolonged absences from the international setup, while League of Ireland fans were left disappointed as Cork City striker Sean Maguire, linked with a call up several weeks ago, has not been selected this time around (nor has Jagiellonia forward Cillian Sheridan).
As expected, David Meyler and Ciaran Clark join Seamus Coleman on the absentee list, but Brighton defender Shane Duffy and Everton midfielder James McCarthy have been called up.
The Boys in Green will travel to New Jersey for a friendly against Mexico on June 1st, before returning to Dublin to face Uruguay three days later. The big one, however, will be taking place one week later, as a win against Austria at the Aviva would put them in very good stead for automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup, while effectively knocking the Austrians out of contention.