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Duo's return lifts Republic: McCarthy

 

Robbie Brady
Robbie Brady

By Damian Spellman

Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady and Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark have been included in the finalised squad for the Republic of Ireland's clashes with New Zealand and Denmark.

The pair, along with Under-21 internationals Troy Parrott and Lee O'Connor, could get a chance in next Thursday night's friendly against the Kiwis in Dublin as manager Mick McCarthy assesses his options for the decisive Euro 2020 qualifier showdown with Denmark four days later.

Both Brady and Clark have returned to Premier League action in recent weeks and will hope to play a part against the Danes on a night when victory would almost certainly guarantee a place at the finals.

McCarthy said: "Robbie was left out last month simply because he had only played three minutes in the Premier League. He is back with the Burnley first team and getting game time and his involvement is a boost because of the quality he brings.

"Ciaran had to get back with Newcastle before he could back with us, but he is playing well."

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Kieran O'Hara (Burton), Mark Travers (Bournemouth).

Defenders: Matt Doherty (Wolves), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Kevin Long (Burnley), John Egan (Sheffield United), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Derrick Williams (Blackburn), Lee O'Connor (Celtic), Alan Browne (Preston), Josh Cullen (Charlton).

Midfielders: Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), Glenn Whelan (Hearts), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), James McClean (Stoke), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers). Forwards: Robbie Brady (Burnley), Callum Robinson (Sheffield United), Troy Parrott (Tottenham), Aaron Connolly (Brighton), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), James Collins (Luton), Scott Hogan (Stoke), Sean Maguire (Preston), Alan Judge (Ipswich).

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