Martin O’Neill has announced his first squad as Ireland manager for the friendly with Serbia at the Aviva Stadium next month. There’s been no recall for Shay Given, whose loan spell at Middlesbrough expires at the end of February. Ipswich’s Daryl Murphy makes a return to the squad but there’s no room for Stephen Ireland. Although O’Neill oversaw the games with Latvia and Poland, he inherited those selections from interim coach Noel King.
Robbie Keane has not been asked to travel from LA with the MLS season beginning on March 3.
Form players Seamus Coleman, Andy Reid, and Simon Cox are all included for the game on March 5 in Dublin. O’Neill announced the squad in Limerick ahead of the qulaifying draw for Euro 2016 on Sunday with the 29 names being trimmed closer to the fixture.
Republic of Ireland squad vs Serbia: David Forde, Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot, Richard Keogh, Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman, John O’Shea, Alex Pearce, Stephen Kelly, Damien Delaney, Richard Dunne, James McCarthy, Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ward, Glenn Whelan, Paul Green, Andy Reid, Aiden McGeady, Anthony Pilkington, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, Wes Hoolahan, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Jon Walters, Kevin Doyle, Anthony Stokes, Simon Cox.