MARTIN O’NEILL HAS this morning named his squad for the international friendly with Serbia next month.
Skipper Robbie Keane will not be joining up with the Boys in Green as he prepares for the MLS season kick-off with the La Galaxy.
The Ireland boss has not recalled veteran keeper Shay Given and Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland. Ipswich Town’s Daryl Murphy does get the opportunity to improve on his tally of eight caps.
David Meyler, Richard Keogh and Simon Cox will rejoin the camp in Dublin also.
“Our game against Serbia will provide us with great preparation ahead of the first of our European qualifiers in September,” the former Celtic and Aston Villa boss said in Limerick.
“I enjoyed working with the players in November for my first taste of international football, and am looking forward to assembling the squad once again in March.”
The 29-man squad will be shortened ahead of the March 5 game.
Ireland squad: David Forde, Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot, Richard Keogh, Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman, John O’Shea, Alex Pearce, Stephen Kelly, Damien Delaney, Richard Dunne, James McCarthy, Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ward, Glenn Whelan, Paul Green, Andy Reid, Aiden McGeady, Anthony Pilkington, James McClean, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, Wes Hoolahan, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Jon Walters, Kevin Doyle, Anthony Stokes, Simon Cox.