REPUBLIC OF IRELAND stand-in boss Marco Tardelli has named the team’s 25-man squad for the first two Euro 2012 qualifiers, away to Armenia and home against Andorra.
Tardelli, standing in for Giovanni Trapattoni who was released from hospital earlier this week after a bout of food poisoning, said the side went into the back-to-back qualifiers next month “well-prepared and confident, having held a successful training camp in May and played a number of competitive and challenging friendly matches over the summer.
“Playing Armenia in Yerevan will be a tough test for the team but when we return to play our first competitive home game four days later, we hope to go to Aviva stadium having made a positive start to the campaign.”
The squad includes no new faces, with all 25 of the players having previously appeared at least once in a green shirt.
Goalkeepers: Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, Joe Murphy.
Defenders: John O’Shea, Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger, Greg Cunningham, Kevin Foley, Stephen Kelly, Paul McShane , Darren O’Dea, Kevin Kilbane.
Midfielders: Glenn Whelan, Darron Gibson, Paul Green, Liam Lawrence, Aiden McGeady, Andy Keogh, Damien Duff, Keith Fahey, Keith Treacy.
Forwards: Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Shane Long.