McGuinness, Houlihan stay in Under-21 squad

Manager Don Givens has retained his two eircom League players, Jason McGuinness (Bohemians) and Shelbourne's Wesley Houlihan in his squad of eighteen for the Republic of Ireland's second game in the 2004 European Under-21 Championships against Switzerland at Buckley Park, Kilkenny, on Tuesday, October 8 (kick-off 7.30 pm).

Manager Don Givens has retained his two eircom League players, Jason McGuinness (Bohemians) and Shelbourne's Wesley Houlihan in his squad of eighteen for the Republic of Ireland's second game in the 2004 European Under-21 Championships against Switzerland at Buckley Park, Kilkenny, on Tuesday, October 8 (kick-off 7.30 pm).

Both McGuinness and Houlihan, who made their Under-21 international debuts against Finland in the friendly in Helsinki in August, were included in the squad for the game against Russia in Moscow on September 7 last, though a hamstring injury sustained in pre-match training ruled McGuinness out of taking any part in the match which the Russians won 2-0.

Cork City's talented John O'Flynn is one of two players put on stand-by by Givens, the other being Nottingham Forest's Brian Cash.

The Irish manager originally had four players on stand-by but two of these Michael Doyle (Celtic) and Stephen Paisley (Manchester City) were called in when original choices Shaun Byrne (West Ham United) and Michael Keane (Preston) withdrew.

Flynn has actually been called up by Givens for training with the squad along with John Lestor (Monaghan United), Noel Hunt (Shamrock Rovers) and Paul Forsyth (Bray Wanderers).

Givens has also included Thomas Butler (Sunderland), Graham Barrett (Arsenal) - on loan to Brighton and Jim Goodwin (Stockport County), the three players called up by Mick McCarthy for the senior friendly against the Finns - and all of whom played in Helsinki.

Barrett, in fact, scored the third Irish goal in the 3 - 0 victory shortly after coming on as a substitute for Ian Harte (Leeds United).

All three played in the Under-21 Euro Championship game against the Russians.

The squad is:

Joe Murphy (West Bromwich Albion), Graham Stack (Arsenal - on loan to Beveren), Jason McGuinness (Bohemians), Jim Goodwin (Stockport County), John Thompson (Nottingham Forest), Clifford Byrne (Sunderland), Thomas Butler (Sunderland), Paul Tierney (Manchester United), Gary Dempsey (Dunfermline), Liam Miller (Celtic), Michael Doyle (Celtic), Dwayne Mattis (Huddersfield Town), Ben Burgess (Stockport County), Jonathon Daly (Stockport County), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Graham Barrett (Arsenal - on loan to Brighton), Wesley Houlihan (Shelbourne), Stephen Paisley (Manchester City)

On Stand-by :

Brian Cash (Nottingham Forest), John O'Flynn (Cork City)

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