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Long and Keane in Ireland EURO play-off squad

Published: Friday 28 October 2011, 10.59CET
Injury doubts Shane Long and Robbie Keane have been included in Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland squad for next month's UEFA EURO 2012 play-off against Estonia.
Long and Keane in Ireland EURO play-off squad
Giovanni Trapattoni has named a 26-man Republic of Ireland squad for the play-off games ©Getty Images
 
Published: Friday 28 October 2011, 10.59CET

Long and Keane in Ireland EURO play-off squad

Injury doubts Shane Long and Robbie Keane have been included in Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland squad for next month's UEFA EURO 2012 play-off against Estonia.

Coach Giovanni Trapattoni has called up injury doubts Shane Long and Robbie Keane to his squad for the Republic of Ireland's UEFA EURO 2012 play-off against Estonia.

West Bromwich Albion FC forward Long suffered a knee injury in last Saturday's Premier League game against Aston Villa FC – a problem the English club said may keep him sidelined for "up to six weeks". Trapattoni has selected him though, while Ireland's captain and record goalscorer Keane is also picked despite playing for neither club nor country since straining an adductor muscle during the 2-0 Group B qualifying victory in Andorra on 7 October.

A third front man, Kevin Doyle, is also named in the 26-man squad, even though he misses the first leg of the play-off through suspension. "There is no room for complacency as we prepare for our two games next month," said Trapattoni, whose side meet Estonia in Tallinn on 11 November before the Dublin decider four days later.

"We will remember that Estonia have as much right to be in the play-offs as ourselves," the Italian added. "They have had some very good results in their group, beating Serbia and Slovenia. They also caused Italy a lot of problems. These games will be a huge challenge for us and we must maintain the correct mentality from start to finish."

Goalkeepers
Shay Given (Aston Villa FC), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland AFC), David Forde (Millwall FC).

Defenders
John O'Shea (Sunderland AFC), Stephen Kelly (Fulham FC), Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa FC), Sean St Ledger (Leicester City FC), Darren O'Dea (Leeds United AFC), Paul McShane (Hull City FC).

Midfielders
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City FC), James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic FC), Seamus Coleman (Everton FC), Keith Andrews (Ipswich Town FC), Keith Fahey (Birmingham City FC), Darron Gibson (Manchester United FC), Andy Keogh (Leeds United AFC), Damien Duff (Fulham FC), Aiden McGeady (FC Spartak Moskva), Stephen Hunt (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Liam Lawrence (Portsmouth FC).

Forwards
Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion FC), Simon Cox (West Bromwich Albion FC), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City FC).

Last updated: 28/10/11 14.54CET

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