We’re live at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin ahead of Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers with Gibraltar and Georgia later this week. The Irish team have been training under new manager Mick McCarthy, and spirits in the camp are high.
The Republic travel to Gibraltar at the end of the week ahead of their World Cup qualification opener, before flying back to Ireland for a sticky clash with Georgia at the Aviva Stadium next Tuesday.
The Ireland squad has been hampered by the withdrawals of Alan Browne and Callum O’Dowda, but those injuries have opened the door for maiden senior call ups for Josh Cullen and Jack Byrne.
The squad in full is as follow:
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Mark Travers (Bournemouth)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Keogh (Derby County), John Egan (Sheffield United), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)
Midfielders: Alan Judge (Ipswich Town), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Harry Arter (Cardiff City*), Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers), James McClean (Stoke City)
Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), James Collins (Luton Town)
The Republic of Ireland’s fixtures are as follows:
– Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland, Saturday, March 23rd.
– Republic of Ireland vs Georgia, Tuesday, March 26th.