Friday 18 October 2019

Bohemians keeper James Talbot called into Ireland squad for Euro 2020 double header

James Talbot. Photo: Sportsfile
James Talbot. Photo: Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy at The Campus, Quinta do Lago in Faro, Portugal


Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has given the nod to Max O'Leary and James Talbot ahead of the next two rounds of Euro 2020 qualifier.

With Mark Travers out injured with injury, McCarthy needed a third team keeper to go alongside Darren Randolph and Sean McDermott.

Bohemians' James Talbot will be available for selection for the Denmark and Gibraltar games but will be released to his Dublin club in their SSE Airtricity League games against Finn Harps and UCD.

"We've had a couple of injuries to goalkeepers and Caoimhin Kelleher is going to the Toulon Tournament with the Under-21s, so we've brought in James Talbot due to his recent form with Bohemians," said McCarthy.

"Our goalkeeping coach, Alan Kelly, had been keeping an eye on the lad and he has done very well. We are happy to release him to play for his club. I've spoken to Keith Long and he's been very supportive. And he's delighted for James.

"We understand it's an important time for Bohemians but equally this is a great opportunity for James to come in with us," he added.

O'Leary has also been brought into the mix for Ireland, but the Bristol City keeper will not be eligible for the two Euro qualifier matches as his paperwork goes through. He is eligible for selection through the grandparent rule.

"Max is in the process of getting his passport, so that is taking its time. But this is a good opportunity to have a look at him and for him to meet up with the lads," said McCarthy.

"He's had a very good season with Bristol City and was very keen to do what he needed to become eligible for us, so we will take a close look at him in training and leave the process of getting its passport up to our International Department.

"Max will give us another option at goalkeeper and he gets the chance to train alongside Darren [Randolph] and Sean [McDermott], and work with our goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly, for a few days in a great complex in Portugal," McCarthy added.

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