Richard Dunne has been omitted from the Irish squad for the friendly clash with Wales in Cardiff. The new QPR signing’s return could depend on how much game-time he sees at Loftus Road. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane has not been asked to fly in from the States, and there’s another chance for Anthony Pilkington. Stephen Quinn is rewarded for his impressive display against Spain and is named in the squad for the August 15 friendly.
Dunne, who missed the trip to New York to pursue a club contract, was signed by Harry Redknapp at QPR earlier this month. Giovanni Trapattoni will allow him to settle at his new side but the manager’s comments were reminiscent of when Shay Given announced his return from international retirement. Match action for Dunne will determine if he returns to the Irish side.
“When he is ready, when he gets back playing continuously, we can consider him.”
“He is important but we have three, four or five players even without him.”
Elsewhere, Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle are not included in the warm-up game for September’s crucial World Cup qualifiers.
Richard Keogh, Damien Delaney and Andy Keogh are also omitted having been part of the squad for the end of season series of games.
Darren O’Dea is included having completed his move from Toronto to Ukrainian side Metalurh Donetsk. Premier League new-boy Stephen Quinn retains his place having impressed in his cameo appearance against Spain in New York while Paul Green also returns.
Ciaran Clark is named after signing a new three-year deal at Aston Villa while Anthony Pilkington may finally get the opportunity to pull on the green jersey. The Norwich player withdrew from the end-of-season games citing an injury, the fourth time he has pulled out of Irish squads.
Time will tell if he has recovered enough to feature in Cardiff.
Republic of Ireland squad to face Wales.
Forde, Westwood, Randolph, O’Shea, St Ledger, Wilson, Coleman Kelly, O’Dea, Clark, McShane, Whelan, McCarthy, Green, Hendrick, McGeady, Pilkington, McClean, Brady, Meyler, Quinn, Hoolahan, Long, Sammon, Walters, Cox