Dunne the biggest omission from Ireland squad
RICHARD DUNNE is the most notable omission from the provisional Ireland squad for next month's friendly with Wales.
Giovanni Trapattoni today suggested that the defender has to prove he can withstand a run of games before earning a World Cup recall in September.
The Dubliner joined QPR earlier this week after a year on the sidelines with injury problems at Aston Villa, but the Ireland manager is not convinced he will be ready for the August 14 encounter in Cardiff.
He invited Dunne into his last Irish gathering earlier this summer to train and build his fitness, and the 33-year-old featured for half an hour in the friendly win over Georgia.
However, he has failed to get the nod for this encounter. “When he gets back playing, and he's playing continuously, we will certainly be considering him,” said Trapattoni. “I was in touch with him, and I said, 'You continue, I don't forget you.'
“We also have a new team now, new players, we have another, three, four or five defenders.”
Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark comes back into the frame after missing the end of season gathering while John O'Shea, Darren O'Dea, Sean St Ledger and Paul McShane are the other centre half options.
As expected, Robbie Keane is rested due to his club commitments with LA Galaxy. He would only be able to make it into Wales the night before the game if he were to travel so the FAI have agreed that he will miss this one out. His former regular strike partner, Kevin Doyle, is excluded again with Trapattoni stating that he prefers other striking options. Other absentees from recent squads include defenders Richard Keogh [Derby] and Damien Delaney [Crystal Palace] and striker Andy Keogh [Millwall].
Norwich's Anthony Pilkington is the only uncapped conclusion in the 26-man party that will be shortened before the game. He has been named in every panel this year but has withdrawn because of injury on every occasion.
The friendly with Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium is Ireland's final warm-up before the crucial September qualifiers with Sweden and Austria that will likely determine the success of the mission to achieve a playoff place and a chance to make next summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Forde [Millwall], Westwood [Sunderland], Randolph [Birmingham]; O'Shea [Sunderland], St Ledger [Leicester], Wilson [Stoke], Coleman [Everton], Kelly [Reading], O'Dea [Metalurh Donetsk], Clark [Aston Villa], McShane [Hull]; Whelan [Stoke], McCarthy [Wigan], Green [Leeds], Hendrick [Derby], McGeady [Spartak Moscow], Pilkington [Norwich], McClean [Sunderland], Brady [Hull], Meyler [Hull], Quinn [Hull], Hoolahan [Norwich]; Long [WBA], Sammon [Derby], Walters [Stoke], Cox [Nottm Forest]