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Hendrick and Long In Ireland Squad

Clarets pair selected for friendly in Turkey

8 March 2018

Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long are both included in the Republic of Ireland’s provisional squad for a friendly in Turkey next month.

Clarets team-mate Stephen Ward – who is one cap away from a half-century - is not selected for the fixture in Antalya as manager Martin O’Neill takes the opportunity to look at some younger players.

Fellow Burnley boys Robbie Brady and Jon Walters are not included in the 30-man party due to injury.

Midfielder Hendrick could win his 37th cap and centre-back Long his fifth as Ireland look to build towards their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign and the new Uefa Nations League.

They also play friendlies against France and the United States before the end of the season.

Provisional Ireland squad: 

Goalkeepers: Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Declan Rice (West Ham United), John Egan (Brentford), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Alex Pearce (Derby County), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (both Blackburn Rovers), Greg Cunningham (Preston North End), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), David Meyler (Hull City), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), Liam Kelly (Reading), Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan (both Preston North End), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)

Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Sean Maguire (Preston North End)

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