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Brady's Back And Dunne Called Up

Jimmy Dunne among four Clarets in provisional Ireland squad

6 November 2018

Robbie Brady is back in the Republic of Ireland squad and there is also a first senior call-up for young Clarets defender Jimmy Dunne.

Dunne – who is currently enjoying an impressive loan spell at Scottish Premier League Hearts – has been named in a provisional squad for a friendly against Northern Ireland and a Nations League group game in Denmark.

The Clarets pair are joined in the Irish party by Turf Moor team-mates Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long. Stephen Ward is currently side-lined as he recovers from knee surgery.

Ireland play against the North in Dublin on Thursday, 15 November and then face the Danes in Aarhus on Monday, 19 November as they seek a first win in the Nations League.

The return of Brady, who ended a 10-month injury absence when he played for the Clarets against Chelsea at the end of October, is a major boost for Ireland and the management team of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane, who recently watched him step up his comeback in Burnley’s under-23s .

And Dunne’s selection after just a couple of under-21 appearances reflects his progress since playing regular first-team football in loan spells at Accrington Stanley and then Hearts.

The 21-year-old, who signed a new long-term deal at Turf Moor in the summer, is one of 13 defenders named in the provisional 36-man squad.

Clarets striker Sam Vokes has been included in the Wales squad for their potential Nations Group decider against Denmark at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday, 16 November and a friendly against Albania on Tuesday, 20 November.

 


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