Friday 17 November 2017

Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers gets Ireland call-up after strong European displays

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers has been called into the Ireland squad for tomorrow night's friendly with Oman and next Monday's World Cup qualifier in Serbia after David Forde opted to pull out.

Forde has decided to stay in England in order to keep his place with his new loan club, Portsmouth, with the League Two side engaged in club business over the weekend.

Rogers has trained with the squad over the last year and was on the bench for the friendly with Holland in May.

O'Neill has spoken with Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny and wants to bring Rogers to Serbia as cover for Darren Randolph and Keiren Westwood if the League of Ireland champions agree.

They have league fixtures with Bohemians on Friday and away in Sligo next Tuesday which would mean a hectic schedule for the 34-year-old.

The Ireland boss said that he wanted to bring some other members of Kenny's squad in to train with the group this week but their hectic schedule arising from European commitments prevented him from being able to do so.

"They've carried the flag here and they've been brilliant," said O'Neill.

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