LA Galaxy’s ex-Tottenham striker Keane left out of RoI squad

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane will not play for his country in next month’s friendly with Greece after he was left out of the squad.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has decided to leave Keane at the LA Galaxy as he looks to cast his eye over other potential squad members for the ongoing 2014 World Cup qualification.

Trapattoni, who has selected Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan, is looking forward to taking on the Greek side at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on November 14 as he tries to get Ireland’s qualifying back on track after a recent 6-1 loss to Germany.

"I have decided to choose a provisional 26-man squad for this game due to injury doubts over players,” he said.

"As we have a break from competitive games for a few months, I am using this fixture as an opportunity to try out new players and view their potential.

"Greece are currently 10th in FIFA's world rankings, and will provide a very difficult opposition for us.

"Players like (Georgios) Samaras, (Fanis) Gekas, and (Giorgos) Karagounis are extremely talented. I am looking forward to setting our squad up for this challenge."

Republic of Ireland squad for Greece friendly

Goalkeepers

Keiren Westwood (Sunderland)
David Forde (Millwall)
Darren Randolph (Motherwell)

Defenders

Seamus Coleman (Everton)
John O'Shea (Sunderland)
Darren O'Dea (Toronto FC)
Stephen Kelly (Fulham)
Paul McShane (Hull City)
Stephen Ward (Wolves)
Shane Duffy (Everton)
Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa)
Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace)

Midfielders

Keith Andrews (Bolton)
James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic)
Keith Fahey (Birmingham City)
David Meyler (Sunderland)
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City)
Conor Clifford (Chelsea)
Andy Keogh (Millwall)
Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow)
James McClean (Sunderland)
Robbie Brady (Manchester United)
Wes Hoolahan (Norwich)

Forwards

Kevin Doyle (Wolves)
Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest)
Jon Walters (Stoke City)

 
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