Saturday 19 October 2019

Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne drafted in Ireland squad to replace injured Callum O'Dowda

Jack Byrne of Shamrock Rovers celebrates with fans
Jack Byrne of Shamrock Rovers celebrates with fans

Tony Considine

Jack Byrne has been rewarded for his fine form at club level by being drafted into the Republic of Ireland squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.

The Shamrock Rovers midfielder was watched by Ireland boss, Mick McCarthy on Friday night as he capped a fine performance with a stunning goal in the Hoops' 3-0 win over Sligho Rovers that saw them remain top of the table.

Byrne replaces Bristol City's Callum O'Dowda who was ruled out by a knee injury after being assessed by FAI medical staff on his arrival in Dublin.

Kevin Long and Josh Cullen have already reported for duty after replacing Alan Browne and Ronan Curtis who O'Dowda now joins on the injury list.

The 22-year-old Byrne came through the rankls at Manchester City and had spells with Cambuur in Holland and Blackburn, Wigan, Oldham and Kilmarnock before signing for Shamrock Rovers in December.  

Updated Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Mark Travers (Bournemouth)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Keogh (Derby County), John Egan (Sheffield United), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Ipswich Town), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Harry Arter (Cardiff City*), Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers), James McClean (Stoke City)

Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), James Collins (Luton Town)


*Indicates player is on loan

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