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Hat-Trick of Burnley Players in Ireland Squad

13 March 2017

Burnley duo Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward have been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for their vital World Cup qualifier against Wales in Dublin later this month.

Robbie Brady is also included in a provisional 39-man party named by Martin O'Neill to make it a Clarets' hat-trick for Ireland's double-header against Wales and Iceland.

Brady is suspended for the qualifier against the Welsh after picking up two yellow cards during the qualifying campaign, but will be able to face Iceland in a friendly in Dublin on Tuesday, 28 March.

Ireland currently top Group D in the battle for qualification for a place in the World Finals in Russia in 2018.

Wales, who are likely to include Burnley striker Sam Vokes when they announce their squad on Thursday, are third in the group ahead of their trip to face the unbeaten Irish on Friday, 24 March.

We will keep you up-dated on the rest of the international call-ups for Burnley players when they are announced over the next few days.

England boss Gareth Southgate is due to announce his squad for a friendly with Germany and a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on Thursday afternoon.

Republic of Ireland Provisional Squad:

Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce (Derby County), Paul McShane (Reading), Andy Boyle (Preston North End), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), John Egan (Brentford), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady (Burnley), David Meyler (Hull City), Liam Kelly (Reading), Darron Gibson (Sunderland), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)

Forwards: Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids), Shane Long (Southampton), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town), Daryl Murphy (Newcastle United), Adam Rooney (Aberdeen), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City)

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