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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the squad announcement ahead of their '3' International Friendly against Serbia on the 5th of March. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the squad announcement ahead of their '3' International Friendly against Serbia on the 5th of March. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the squad announcement ahead of their '3' International Friendly against Serbia on the 5th of March. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

MARTIN O'NEILL and Roy Keane have so far come up blank in their search for new talent to boost Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign.

And the new Ireland boss has underlined current concerns that the flow of talent through the ranks is slowing with every passing season.

"Now that I'm in the job, in the back of my mind I thought there might be five, six, seven players who would break through and that may happen, but I haven't seen it at this minute," said O'Neill.

"There are one or two exceptions who have not actually declared themselves that they want to be involved," he referred to his trawl through 'Granny Rule' candidates.

Chelsea prospect Patrick Bamford, currently on loan to Derby, is high on O'Neill's hitlist along with Ipswich striker David McGoldrick, who's presently injured. There were no other surprises in the squad named for Serbia on March 5 at the Aviva.

Robbie Keane has been rested while O'Neill resisted the temptation to pick either Shay Given or Stephen Ireland and will monitor both for the rest of the season before making any decisions.


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