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Everton's Shane Duffy in Ireland squad
Published : 01 Nov 2012 04:00:00
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane will miss next month’s friendly against Greece as manager Giovanni Trapattoni assesses other players.
The Los Angeles Galaxy striker, the country’s record goalscorer, is not included in the provisional 26-man party Trapattoni has named for the match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on November 14. Trapattoni, who is under pressure after a disappointing Euro 2012 and a 6-1 hammering by Germany in World Cup qualifying this month, has said he intends to
“try out new players”.
The latest squad does contain experience in the likes of John O’Shea, Paul McShane, Keith Andrews, Glenn Whelan, Aiden McGeady and Kevin Doyle. But there are also 12 players who have made less than 10 appearances, including uncapped Everton defender Shane Duffy and Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford. Trapattoni said:
“As we have a break from competitive games for a few months, I am using this fixture as an opportunity to try out new players and view their potential. Greece will provide a very difficult opposition.”
Everton’s Seamus Coleman is also inlcuded in the squad. Related stories From around the web Related Tags