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Martin O’Neill Explains Sean Maguire’s Omission From The Ireland Squad

Martin O’Neill confirmed the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming matches against Mexico, Uruguay and Austria on Monday morning – and League of Ireland fans were left somewhat disappointed.

Many had hoped that Cork City striker Sean Maguire would be selected, wth the two friendlies in mind at least, but O’Neill has instead stuck with his usual group of Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Jonathan Walters, David McGodrick, Adam Rooney and Kevin Doyle.

Three International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 28/3/2017 Republic of Ireland vs Iceland Ireland's Kevin Doyle with Ogmundur Kristinsson of Iceland after the game
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Maguire, meanwhile, has been lighting up the Premier Divison with eleven goals in thirteen games for the league leaders.

Despite the omission this time around, O’Neill has confirmed that Maguire is a player that he and his coaching staff are monitoring, with the 23-year-old’s lack of experience counting against him for the time being.

Despite Maguire’s lack of experience, those championing him for the squad would point to his form in the league, especially in comparison with his rivals for a spot in the squad.

With speculation rife that Maguire could be moving to either the English Championship with Preston or the Scottish Premiership with Celtic in the coming months, it would be interesting to see how such a move would affect his short-term international prospects.

There were similar calls for Cillian Sheridan, challenging for the Polish title with Jagiellonia Białystok and also in fine form, to be named, but O’Neill’s answer to the question was markedly similar.

Ireland face Mexico in New Jersey on June 1st before facing Uruguay in Dublin three days later. The most important match of the three, however, will be the World Cup qualifier against Austria the following week.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.