Four Cork players in Ireland Squad for Wales clash

Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has named an extended 39 man panel for the upcoming World Cup qualifier with Wales and the Friendly with Iceland.

Four Cork players are included - goalkeeper Colin Doyle (Bradford), midfielders Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) and David Meyler (Hull), while there's a first call up for Brentford's John Egan.

Former Cork City players Daryl Horgan (Preston), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids) and Shane Long (Southampton) are also included in O'Neill's panel.

Reading midfielder Liam Kelly is also in an Irish panel for the first time.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy and Reading midfielder Stephen Quinn miss out due to injury, while Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady will be suspended for the Wales game after collecting his second yellow card of the qualifying campaign last November.

The squad in full is:

Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce (Derby County), Paul McShane (Reading), Andy Boyle (Preston North End), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), John Egan (Brentford), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady (Burnley), David Meyler (Hull City), Liam Kelly (Reading), Darron Gibson (Sunderland), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)

Forwards: Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids), Shane Long (Southampton), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town), Daryl Murphy (Newcastle United), Adam Rooney (Aberdeen), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City)

Friday, 24 March: Republic of Ireland v Wales, 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier - Group D, Aviva Stadium, KO 19:45
Tuesday, 28 March: Republic of Ireland v Iceland, 'Three' International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, KO 19:45


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