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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Long returns for Greece friendly

West Brom striker Shane Long has been included in the Ireland squad for next week's friendly against Greece after proving his fitness in the Premier League clash against Southampton.

The 25-year-old was not selected by manager Giovanni Trapattoni when the Italian announced his provisional squad last week as he recovered from a hamstring problem.

However, having played 71 minutes of his club's 2-0 Premier League victory over Southampton, Long has been confirmed in the 23-man party for the game at the Aviva Stadium next Wednesday evening.

Skipper Robbie Keane has not been asked to make the long trip from Los Angeles for the friendly, which could see Norwich's Wes Hoolahan win just his second cap, more than four years after his first.

Trapattoni has also placed four men -- Andy Keogh, Conor Clifford, Shane Duffy and Damien Delaney -- on standby as he assesses his options in the wake of last month's demoralising 6-1 World Cup qualifier defeat by Germany and the face-saving 4-1 win over the Faroe Islands four days later.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Squad (v Greece) -- K Westwood (Sunderland), D Forde (Millwall), D Randolph (Motherwell); S Coleman (Everton), J O'Shea (Sunderland), D O'Dea (Toronto), S Kelly (Fulham), P McShane (Hull), S Ward (Wolves), C Clark (Aston Villa); K Andrews (Bolton), J McCarthy (Wigan), K Fahey (Birmingham), D Meyler (Sunderland), G Whelan (Stoke), A McGeady (Spartak Moscow), J McClean (Sunderland), R Brady (Manchester United), W Hoolahan (Norwich), K Doyle (Wolves), S Cox (Nottingham Forest), J Walters (Stoke), S Long (West Brom).

Standby: A Keogh (Millwall), C Clifford (Chelsea), S Duffy (Everton), D Delaney (Crystal Palace).

Irish Independent

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