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Ex-Man Utd striker Keane wins Republic of Ireland call

Seamus Coleman is out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan as Wigan striker Will Keane earned a first call-up.

Republic skipper Coleman has been out of action for Everton for several weeks because of a hamstring injury.

Ex-Manchester United man Keane, 28, played at youth level for England and has scored four goals for his League One club this season.

Chiedozie Ogbene, Enda Stevens and Jason Knight return to the squad.

The trio were injured for last month's three World Cup qualifiers when a last-gasp 2-1 defeat by Portugal in Faro was followed by 1-1 home draws against Azerbaijan and Serbia.

That series of results ended any slim hope Stephen Kenny's side had of qualifying for next year's finals in Qatar.

Republic of Ireland squad

Goalkeepers: Bazunu (Portsmouth, on loan from Manchester City), Kelleher (Liverpool), Travers (Bournemouth)

Defenders: Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Christie (Fulham), Duffy (Brighton), Egan (Sheffield United), Stevens (Sheffield United), Manning (Swansea City), McClean (Wigan Athletic), Omobamidele (Norwich City), Collins (Burnley)

Midfielders: Cullen (Anderlecht), Hendrick (Newcastle United), Hourihane (Sheffield United, on loan Aston Villa), Arter (Nottingham Forest), McGrath (St Mirren), Knight (Derby County)

Forwards: Robinson (West Brom), Connolly (Brighton), Collins (Cardiff City), Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers), Idah (Norwich City), Parrott (MK Dons, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Keane (Wigan Athletic), Ogbene (Rotherham United).

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