21 members of the surviving 22 man squad for Tuesday evening’s friendly contest with Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium took part in a training session in Abbotstown this Sunday afternoon. The squad had been released for the weekend with the one remaining member Richard Keogh expected to return this evening.
Mick McCarthy and the squad will feel buoyed by the scoreless draw between Georgia and Denmark in Tbilisi this afternoon but the manager was quick to urge caution as Georgia will provide formidable opposition when we visit Tbilisi next month.
P W D L F A Pts
Republic of Ireland 5 3 2 0 6 2 11
Denmark 5 2 3 0 15 5 9
Switzerland 4 2 2 0 10 4 8
Georgia 5 1 1 3 4 8 4
Gibraltar 5 0 0 5 0 16 0
Goalkeepers: Kieran O’Hara(Burton Albion), Darren Randolph(Middlesbrough), Mark Travers(AFC Bournemouth)
Defenders: Cyrus Christie(Fulham), Seamus Coleman(Everton), Shane Duffy(Brighton & Hove Albion), John Egan(Sheffield United), Richard Keogh(Derby County), Kevin Long(Burnley), Enda Stevens(Sheffield United)
Midfielders: Alan Browne(Preston North End), Jack Byrne(Shamrock Rovers), Josh Cullen(Charlton Athletic), Ronan Curtis(Portsmouth), Jeff Hendrick(Burnley), Conor Hourihane(Aston Villa), Alan Judge(Ipswich Town), James McClean(Stoke City), Callum O’Dowda(Bristol City), Glenn Whelan(Heart of Midlothian)
Forwards: James Collins(Luton Town), Scott Hogan(Stoke City)