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Long Drafted Into Irish Squad

15 March 2019

Mick McCarthy has drafted Kevin Long into his inaugural Ireland squad after returning for a second spell as Republic of Ireland manager.

Clarets duo Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady had originally made the 23-man cut for McCarthy’s squad to face Gibraltar and Georgia in their Euro 2020 qualifiers later this month

And they will now be joined by Long, who had been on stand-by but has answered the call to join up with the squad.

Fellow defender Jimmy Dunne - currently on loan at Sunderland – had also made the provisional squad along with Stephen Ward, who today called time on his international career after 50 caps.

Ireland have been drawn in Group D of qualifying, with Denmark and Switzerland completing the five-team group.

McCarthy’s side kicks off its campaign away to Gibraltar on Saturday, 23 March before facing Georgia in Dublin on Tuesday, 26 March.

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