Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Ireland at full strength

Phil Simmons

Ireland have named a full-strength squad for next Thursday's one-day international against England at Clontarf.

The 14 players selected all featured in the World Cup squad, with only the retired Andre Botha missing from the 15 who travelled to the sub-continent earlier this year for a successful campaign which included a famous win over England.

Albert van der Merwe returns to the group following his elbow injury, while Trent Johnston (knee) and Alex Cusack (back) have shaken off injury concerns.

Ireland coach Phil Simmons said: "Everyone wants to play in this game and it's great that I have a fully-fit squad to choose from.

"We're aware that this is the biggest game in our calendar this summer, and it's sure to be a great occasion with a full house at Clontarf.

"It's going to be an historic game with England playing in Dublin for the first time, and we're hopeful that the team will give the fans plenty to cheer about on the day.

"I'm sure England will be coming with revenge very much in their minds following the World Cup. The days of teams coming over to Ireland and taking us lightly have long gone - we've earned their respect with our performances over the past decade, and I wouldn't have it any other way."

Ireland squad: William Porterfield (Warwickshire, captain), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (Railway Union), Nigel Jones (Civil Service North), Ed Joyce (Sussex), John Mooney (North County), Kevin O'Brien (Gloucestershire), Niall O'Brien (Northants), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Albert Van der Merwe (YMCA), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey).

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