Southampton: Saints striker Obafemi called up by Ireland

Southampton: Saints striker Obafemi called up by Ireland

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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.

Republic of Ireland call-up for Michael Obafemi

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

13:58 Tuesday 6th of November 2018 Ronan Curtis has been named in the Republic of Irelands provisional squad for the forthcoming games against Denmark and Northern Ireland.

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.

ONeill has not given up hope that West Ham youngster Rice, who has played three friendly matches for the Republic, will eventually declare for his side.

Asked about the suggestion that the player has made his decision, ONeill said: “That may well be the case,

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)

“There was a story last week and a couple of weeks before that. There was a story broken that was without foundation.

Jambos goalkeeper Colin Doyle is also named in the 36-man squad, which will be whittled down ahead of the friendly clash with Michael ONeills side and the UEFA Nations League meeting with the Danes.

“The player will have the decision. Im not waiting every single moment. I would hope that he would come and play for us – that would be great, for the next 10 or 12 years, for him.

The Drogheda-born centre back has scored twice in 12 appearances for Craig Leveins side and has been a key part of the Hearts defence following injuries to Christophe Berra and John Souttar.

Martin ONeill urges Declan Rice to pledge international future to the Republic of Ireland instead of England

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.

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.

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

Liverpool goalkeeper Kelleher 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.

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

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

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).

Four new call-ups in Ireland squad as Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady return

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).

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

LOI stars must step up to make Irish squad – ONeill

SAINTS starlet Michael Obafemi has earned his first senior Republic of Ireland call-up after being included in a provisional squad for two matches later this month.

The 18-year-old, who came on as a 73rd-minute substitute for Saints at Manchester City on Saturday, is one of the strikers in Martin O’Neill’s provisional 36-man squad for a friendly against Northern Ireland and the Nations League trip to Denmark.

Dublin-born Obafemi, who was signed from Leyton Orient in 2016, made his debut for Ireland’s U19s during their 2019 European Championship qualifying campaign.

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