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No room for Stokes, Best as Trap names squad for playoffs

The Republic of Ireland have named a 26-man squad ahead of next month’s Euro 2012 playoff against Estonia.

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GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI ROLLED the dice on the fitness of Robbie Keane and Shane Long this morning, including the injured pair as two of just five strikers in his squad for the Euro 2012 playoffs.

Anthony Stokes and Leon Best both miss out on the 26-man panel but could yet see themselves included if Long fails to recover in time.

Darron Gibson and Paul McShane are recalled after sitting out the final qualifiers against Armenia and Andorra.

“There is no room for complacency as we prepare for our two games next month,” Trapattoni said. “We will remember that Estonia have as much right to be in the playoffs as ourselves.”

These games will be a huge challenge for us, and we must maintain the correct mentality from start to finish.

The playoff first leg will take place in Tallinn’s A. Le Coq Arena on 11 November with the return fixture in Dublin four days later.

Ireland squad: Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, David Forde; John O’Shea, Stephen Kelly, Stephen Ward, Richard Dunne, Sean St. Ledger, Darren O’Dea, Paul McShane; Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Keith Andrews, Keith Fahey, Darron Gibson, Andy Keogh, Damien Duff, Aiden McGeady, Stephen Hunt, Liam Lawrence; Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Shane Long, Simon Cox, Jon Walters.

More to follow.

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