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Injury rules Dunne out of Irish squad


RICHARD DUNNE is the notable absentee from the 27-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Latvia and Poland, Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane's first test as the new Ireland management team, writes PAUL HYLAND.

As Noel King's final act as interim boss, he included Stephen Ward, out in the cold during the final days of the Trapattoni era, and returnees Andy Reid and Anthony Stokes.

QPR defender Dunne (above) will not join up with the squad and will instead continue his recovery from the groin problem which sidelined him for the whole of last season.

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot retains his place and Reading's Alex Pearce is the big winner, an obvious replacement for Dunne.

O'Neill and Keane will hold their first training session with the players in Malahide on Monday.


Goalkeepers: David Forde (Millwall), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), Rob Elliot (Newcastle).

DEFENDERS: Sean St Ledger (Leicester), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Reading), Stephen Kelly (Reading), Joey O'Brien (W Ham).

MIDFIELDERS: James McCarthy (Wigan), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Stephen Ward (Brighton); Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Paul Green (Leeds), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), James McClean (Wigan), Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn (both Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

STRIKERS: Shane Long (West Brom), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Jon Walters (Stoke), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Anthony Stokes (Celtic).