Belfast Telegraph

Trapattoni closes door on Republic absentees

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has left James McCarthy, Marc Wilson and Jon Walters out of his squad for next month's crunch Euro 2012 qualifiers against Slovakia and Russia.

The Italian was unhappy that Wigan midfielder McCarthy and the Stoke pair did not report for Carling Nations Cup duty in May, and he saw them withdraw from the squad once again for the friendly clash with Croatia earlier this month.

Trapattoni said: “Picking the final 25 players has not been an easy task and unfortunately some players have been left out.”

Wigan were adamant McCarthy was struggling with an ankle injury when he initially failed to meet up with the squad.

However, former Italy manager Trapattoni believes all players should report even if they are injured so they can be assessed.

Defenders Paul McShane and Seamus Coleman are missing because of injury.

Sunderland defender John O'Shea is included despite having yet to play a competitive game for his new club because of a hamstring problem.

Ireland face Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium on September 2 and Russia in Moscow four days later. The three sides are currently locked together at the top of the group on 13 points.

SQUAD: Given (Aston Villa), Westwood (Sunderland), Forde (Millwall), O'Shea (Sunderland), Foley (Wolves), Kelly (Fulham), Ward (Wolves), Dunne (Aston Villa), Kilbane (Derby), St Ledger (Leicester), O'Dea (Leeds), Whelan (Stoke), Gibson (Manchester United), Andrews (Ipswich), Fahey (Birmingham), Keogh (Leeds), Duff (Fulham), McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Hunt (Wolves), Lawrence (Portsmouth), Treacy (Burnley), Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy), Doyle (Wolves), Long (West Brom), Cox (West Brom).

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