Keane named in Ireland squad as Hoolahan misses out

Keane named in Ireland squad as Hoolahan misses out

The Republic of Ireland squad to face Kazakhstan in the World Cup 2014 qualifier on September 7 has been named this afternoon.

Veteran forward Robbie Keane has been named in the panel, but there is no place for Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan.

Wolves winger Stephen Hunt has been dropped from the squad. Damien Duff has not been named after announcing his international retirement earlier today.

Trapattoni said: “It is important to get off to a good start at the opening match of our 2014 campaign.

“Kazakhstan is a good side who have caused difficulties at home for a number of leading teams but we know our strengths and will be relying on them when we travel to Astana in September.

“We will be without Damien Duff who has been a truly great player for his country. I thank Damien for his immense contribution and hope his professionalism and dedication will be an inspiration to the wingers who are now emerging in his place.”

The Republic will also play Oman in a friendly on September 11.

Shane Long, who Trapattoni labelled “idiotic” last week after the striker announced he was fully fit to play in the goalless draw with Serbia, is included in the 23-man squad.

Motherwell’s uncapped goalkeeper Darren Randolph is also called up and Stoke utility player Marc Wilson could add to the single cap he earned from the bench in the 2011 Nations Cup game against Wales.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, Ireland’s most capped player, is also not in the squad after he announced his international retirement last week.

Seven of the players named for the World Cup qualifier have five or less international caps to their name.

They are Wilson, Randolph, Millwall’s David Forde, Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, Everton’s Seamus Coleman and West Ham’s Joey O’Brien.

Robbie Keane, who made his debut with the now-retired Duff in 1998, is the most experienced member of the squad with 120 caps and 53 goals.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND v Kazakhstan: Kieren Westwood, David Forde, Darren Randolph, Marc Wilson, John O'Shea, Sean St Ledger, Darren O'Dea, Stephen Ward, Stephen Kelly, Paul McShane, Glenn Whelan, Darron Gibson, James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Joey O'Brien, Aidan McGeady, Andy Keogh, James McClean, Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Shane Long, Simon Cox, Jonathan Walters.

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