Nigerian-eligible Southampton teenager among three new call-ups in Ireland squad

Nigerian-eligible Southampton teenager among three new call-ups in Ireland squad

Captain Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady return to Republic squad

Captain Seamus Coleman and winger Robbie Brady are back in the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly against Northern Ireland and Nations League clash with Denmark.

West Hams Declan Rice is not included in the 36-man provisional squad amid claims he is ready to opt for England.

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Jimmy Dunne (Hearts – on loan from Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)

There are first senior call-ups for Caoimhin Kelleher, Jimmy Dunne, Ryan Manning and Michael Obafemi.

Midfielders: Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Cardiff City – on loan from Bournemouth), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), David Meyler (Reading), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Richie Towell, Ryan Manning (Rotherham United – on loan from QPR), Callum ODowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Manager Martin ONeills men then travel to play Denmark on 19 November in their fourth Nations League outing, having lost two and drawn one of their opening games in the competition.

On his 85th senior appearance, Aston Villa midfielder Glenn Whelan will lead the team out as captain against Northern Ireland on 15 November, and that is expected to be his final cap for the Boys in Green as he wont be part of the squad that then travels to Denmark. 

Aston Villa midfielder Glenn Whelan will captain the side against Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium for what will be his 85th senior appearance, but will not be part of the squad for the Denmark game.

There are four first-time call-ups in the shape of Southampton forward Michael Obafemi, Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, Rotherham striker Ryan Manning (on loan from QPR), and Hearts Jimmy Dunne (on loan from Burnley).

Burnleys Stephen Ward is ruled out with a knee injury while clubmate Jonathan Walters, currently on loan at Ipswich, is unavailable because of an Achilles problem.

Cork native Kelleher, who is in the Liverpool squad for their Champions League trip to face Red Star Belgrade tonight, previously trained with the senior Ireland squad in the wake of their Nations League defeat to Wales. 

Coleman and Brady missed Octobers Nations League draw with Denmark and defeat by Wales through injury.

While captain Seamus Coleman and Burnleys Robbie Brady return to the set-up after recovering from their respective injuries, Jon Walters (Achilles) and Stephen Ward (knee) both miss out. 

Kelleher (Liverpool) previously trained with the squad in Wales following the first Nations League game in Cardiff, while Dunne (Hearts) and Manning (Rotherham United) were recently involved in Noel Kings Under-21 squad.

18-year-old Obafemi, who was born in Dublin to Nigerian parents before leaving for England, is an Ireland U19 international, but both Nigeria and England have reportedly shown interest.

Obafemi is an Under-19 international who has made two Premier League appearances for Southampton so far this season.

Forwards: Shane Long, Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden OBrien (Millwall), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth)

Goalkeepers: Randolph (Middlesbrough), Doyle (Hearts), Kelleher (Liverpool), McDermott (Kristiansund BK).

IRELAND BOSS MARTIN ONeill has included a quartet of new faces in the provisional Ireland squad for the upcoming fixtures against Northern Ireland and Denmark.

Defenders: Coleman (Everton), Christie (Fulham), Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Keogh (Derby County), Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Clark (Newcastle United), Long (Burnley), Dunne (Hearts*), Egan, Stevens (both Sheffield United), Lenihan, Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Cunningham (Cardiff City).

The teenager made his first-team debut for the Saints against Tottenham earlier this year, came off the bench in last weekends defeat to Manchester City. 

Midfielders: Brady, Hendrick (both Burnley), Arter (Cardiff City), Hourihane, Whelan (Aston Villa), Meyler (Reading), Browne (Preston North End), Williams (Millwall), Towell, Manning (Rotherham United), ODowda (Bristol City), McClean (Stoke City).

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Colin Doyle (Hearts), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)

Forwards: Long, Obafemi (both Southampton), Hogan (Aston Villa), Maguire, Robinson (both Preston North End), OBrien (Millwall), Curtis (Portsmouth).

Ireland play an international friendly against Northern Ireland on November 15 at Aviva Stadium and then have a UEFA Nations League clash with Denmark on November 19.

There are first call-ups for Caoimhin Kelleher, Jimmy Dunne, Ryan Manning and Michael Obafemi while Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady return after their injury-enforced absence.

Glenn Whelan will lead Ireland out as captain against Northern Ireland for what will be his 85th senior appearance. The Aston Villa man will not be part of the squad for the Denmark game.

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Colin Doyle (Hearts), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Jimmy Dunne (Hearts*), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)

Midfielders: Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Cardiff City*), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), David Meyler (Reading), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Richie Towell, Ryan Manning (Rotherham United*), Callum ODowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Forwards: Shane Long, Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden OBrien (Millwall), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth)

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