Confirmation of Martin O'Neill's finalised Ireland squad for upcoming home UEFA Nations League games

Wed, Oct 10 2018

The Aviva Stadium will host two Republic of Ireland games over the next week Credit: Michael P Ryan

Martin O’Neill has named his final 26-man squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games at home to Denmark and Wales at the Aviva Stadium with James McClean returning to the fold after his recent arm break. 

Having made the provisional 32-man squad last week, the former League of Ireland quartet of Richie Towell, Daryl Horgan, Ronan Curtis and Graham Burke have all missed out on the final squad with Cardiff City full-back Greg Cunningham and Brentford player Alan Judge also missing out on the final squad. 

Matt Doherty, the PFA Player of the Month Award winner for September, makes the squad after a superb run of form with Premier League new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers. Former Cork City striker Sean Maguire returns to Martin O’Neill’s squad selection after missing the last internationals against Wales and Poland respectively. 

Harry Arter also makes the final 26-man squad after his infamous falling out with assistant manager Roy Keane during summer friendlies against France and the USA. 

Former Sporting Fingal man Shaun Williams also returns to the fold for the Boys in Green after he scored his first goal in green during the sobering 4-1 away defeat to Tuesday night’s opponents Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium. 

 In total there are eight Premier League representatives in the squad while there are 17 players in the squad currently plying their trade in the Championship. 

Squad in full: 

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Colin Doyle (Hearts), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)

Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers)

Midfielders: Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), David Meyler (Reading), Harry Arter (Cardiff City - on loan from Bournemouth), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Callum Robinson, Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa)