Here’s the 23-man Ireland squad for Euro 2016

Robbie Keane has been included in Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad that will travel to France, despite carrying a calf injury, writes Stephen Barry.

Keane is joined in the squad by Aiden McGeady, Stephen Quinn and David Meyler, who edged out a number of competitors for the midfield berths.

James McCarthy, who is rehabilitating a thigh injury, makes the cut but Martin O’Neill was keen not to take to many risks with injured players, so Harry Arter misses out.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks to the media after announcing his squad at Turner’s Cross. Photo: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks to the media after announcing his squad at Turner’s Cross. Photo: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

Arter was unlucky to pick up a thigh injury in training yesterday and he is joined on the list of players to lose out by Bournemouth teammate Eunan O’Kane, Darron Gibson, David McGoldrick and Callum O’Dowda.

Keiren Westwood is given the nod to travel as a back-up goalkeeper in place of David Forde, despite Forde playing some of the second-half against Belarus. Darren Randolph and Shay Given are also selected.

The defence is as expected, with John O’Shea, Richard Keogh, Ciaran Clark and Shane Duffy chosen as the four centre-backs. Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, Robbie Brady and Stephen Ward fill the full-back slots.

Stephen Ward celebrates scoring Ireland's first goal. Photo: INPHO/Donall Farmer
Stephen Ward celebrates scoring Ireland's first goal. Photo: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Up front, captain Keane is joined in the squad by Shane Long, Jon Walters and Daryl Murphy.

That means that Kevin Doyle, who was placed on the standby list yesterday and was climbing the Rocky Mountains with his teammates today, misses out.

Wes Hoolahan, James McClean, Jeff Hendrick and McGeady will be expected to provide support to the attack from midfield.

That central selection is completed by Glenn Whelan, McCarthy, Meyler and Quinn.

The squad will return to training at their camp in Fota Island tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Ireland's upcoming Euro2016 opponents Italy have also finalised their squad.

2006 World Cup winner Daniele De Rossi has been included while West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna has also been selected.

However, AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo has missed-out through injury.

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