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McCarthy Names Clarets Quintet

Five Burnley players in provisional Ireland squad for Euro openers

7 March 2019

Mick McCarthy has included five Clarets in the first provisional squad he has selected since returning for a second spell as Republic of Ireland manager.

Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady, Kevin Long and Stephen Ward, along with  defender Jimmy Dunne - who is currently on loan at Sundeland - have all been named in an original party for Euro 2020 qualifiers away to Gibraltar and at home to Georgia.

The final squad will be confirmed on Sunday evening.

McCarthy, who previously managed Ireland between 1996-2002, was re-appointed as Martin O’Neill’s successor in November, 2018.

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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