First senior call-ups for League of Ireland pair as O'Neill confirms squad for upcoming friendlies

Martin O’Neill has announced his final squad as Ireland prepare to France and the United States next week.

Martin O'Neill Ireland boss O'Neill has named seven uncapped players in his squad. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

MARTIN O’NELL has confirmed his final 26-man squad for Ireland’s upcoming friendlies against France and the United States, with League of Ireland duo Graham Burke and Shane Supple among four first senior call-ups.

There are also first call-ups for goalkeeper Conor O’Malley and Millwall midfielder Shaun Williams, who both played during Sunday’s meeting with Celtic.

Injury concerns have ruled out goalkeeping trio Darren Randolph (groin), Keiren Westwood (groin) and Kieran O’Hara (ankle), while Ciaran Clark (knee) and Sean Maguire (hamstring) are also left out.

Preston striker Callum Robinson, meanwhile, is waiting for international clearance to come through, while John O’Shea will link up with the squad ahead of next Saturday’s meeting with the United States at the Aviva Stadium.

PhrChE1g 2 Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers) and Shane Supple (Bohemians) have both been included.

Shamrock Rovers playmaker Burke, Peterborough’s O’Malley and Williams all made appearances during Scott Brown’s testimonial at Celtic Park, which ended 2-2.

31-year-old Williams has previously represented Ireland at both U21 and U23 level but until last week had never been included in the senior setup.

Bohemians goalkeeper Supple, meanwhile, was a surprise inclusion this week.

The 31-year-old former Ipswich Town shot stopper has previously lined out for the Dublin senior footballers and also currently plays for St Brigids.

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The Dubliner quit professional football nine years ago, but has impressed repeatedly at Dalymount Park over the last three seasons in the SSE Airtricity League since returning home from England.

Ireland face Didier Deschamps’s side at the Stade de France on Monday 28 May, before taking on the United States at Landsdowne Road on Tuesday 2 June.

Ireland squad

Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle, Conor O’Malley, Shane Supple

Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Matt Doherty, John Egan, Shane Duffy, Kevin Long, Darragh Lenihan, Declan Rice, John O’Shea, Enda Stevens, Derrick Williams, Greg Cunningham

Midfielders: Callum O’Dowda, Harry Arter, Jeff Hendrick, David Meyler, Eunan O’Kane, Alan Browne, Shaun Williams, James McClean, Daryl Horgan

Forwards: Jonathan Walters, Shane Long, Graham Burke

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