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Brady Back In Irish Plans

Clarets winger one of Turf Moor trio in Ireland squad for crunch game

29 October 2019

Robbie Brady is back in the Republic of Ireland reckoning after returning to frontline action for the Clarets.

Brady hasn’t figured for Ireland so far this season.

But the Burnley winger – capped 45 times by his country – has been included in a 39-man provisional squad for games against New Zealand and Denmark next month.

Turf Moor team-mates Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long have also been named by manager Mick McCarthy for the Dublin double-header.

Ireland face New Zealand, who are likely to be captained by Burnley striker Chris Wood if he has recovered from a hamstring strain, in a friendly on Thursday, 14 November.

And the Group D leaders then play Denmark in a decisive Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday, 18 November when a win is likely to be enough to take Ireland through to a place in the finals.

Brady - one of the heroes of Ireland's run to the last 16 of Euro 2016 in France - missed the early part of the campaign after suffering a cracked rib in pre-season.

But the 27-year-old returned to action last month and has since made one Premier League start and three substitute appearances to earn his return to the Ireland fold.

Provisional Republic of Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth), Kieran O’Hara (Burton Albion, on loan from Manchester United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool).

Defenders: Matt Doherty (Wolves), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), John Egan (Sheffield United), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Kevin Long (Burnley), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Ryan Manning (QPR), Nathan Collins (Stoke City)

Midfielders: Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic, on loan from West Ham United), Glenn Whelan (Hearts), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Robbie Brady (Burnley), James McClean (Stoke City), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Alan Judge (Ipswich Town), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)

Forwards: Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), James Collins (Luton Town), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Callum Robinson (Sheffield United), Aidan O’Brien (Millwall), Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Shane Long (Southampton), Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Scott Hogan (Stoke City, on loan from Aston Villa)

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