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Liverpool goalie Caoimhin Kelleher set for Republic of Ireland debut

Thu 18 March 2021 | 16:18

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been named in the Republic of Ireland team for the World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Luxembourg as head coach Stephen Kenny faces an emergency in his goalkeeper ranks.

Kelleher is recovering from an abdominal injury; however, with their number one GK

Darren Randolph

having been precluded from the selection, the 22-year-old could be in line for his senior debut in Belgrade should he be announced fit. 

He is one of four shot-stoppers named in a 29-man squad alongside the uncapped Gavin Bazunu, as of now a loanee at Rochdale from Manchester City, Bournemouth's Mark Travers, and Kieran O'Hara of Burton. 

Brighton striker Aaron Connolly will likewise be surveyed when the team gets together in Manchester on Sunday, and there is a first senior call-up under Kenny for Tottenham forward Troy Parrott, who is loaned at Ipswich Town. 

Stoke City midfielder James McClean is incorporated in the wake of recuperating from a foot injury, while there is a return for experienced striker Shane Long with Norwich's Adam Idah absent as he faces up to the chance of hernia medical procedure. 

Ireland open their mission in Belgrade on Wednesday, March 24, preceding Luxembourg show up at the Aviva Stadium three days after the fact, and will complete the round of matches with a friendly against

World Cup

hosts Qatar in Debrecen, Hungary, on Tuesday, March 30.

The squad for Republic of Ireland:

Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Rochdale, on loan from Manchester City), Mark Travers (Bournemouth), Kieran O’Hara (Burton), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham), Shane Duffy (Celtic, on loan from Brighton), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle), Dara O’Shea (West Brom), Ryan Manning (Swansea), Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest, on loan from Fulham), Conor Hourihane (Swansea, on loan from Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle), Jayson Molumby (Preston, on loan from Brighton), Jason Knight (Derby), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Robbie Brady (Burnley), James McClean (Stoke), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Callum Robinson (West Brom), Aaron Connolly (Brighton), Shane Long (Bournemouth, on loan from Southampton), James Collins (Luton), Troy Parrott (Ipswich, on loan from Tottenham).

 

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