Kevin Doyle among six cut from Republic of Ireland squad

Martin O’Neill reduces squad to 27 for games against England and Scotland

Kevin Doyle has been cut from the Republic of Ireland squad for the games against England and Scotland. Photo:  James Crombie/Inpho

Kevin Doyle has been cut from the Republic of Ireland squad for the games against England and Scotland. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

 

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has reduced his squad to 27 players for the upcoming games against England and Scotland with Kevin Doyle among four strikers cut from the original panel of 33.

Doyle, who has moved to MLS side Colorado Rapids, has started just two friendly games under O’Neill and the 31-year-old’s only involvement in the present Euro 2016 campaign was as a second-half sub in the 7-0 victory over Gibraltar in Dublin last October.

Celtic’s Anthony Stokes, Aberdeen’s Adam Rooney and Simon Cox of Reading are the other strikers to miss out, while midfielders Alan Judge of Brentford and Anthony Pilkington of Cardiff City are the other players to miss out.

Ireland play England in a friendly match on Sunday June 7th at the Aviva Stadium (1pm) before taking on Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualifier at the same venue on Saturday June 13th at 5pm.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (Squad for friendly international v England and Euro 2016 qualifier v Scotland):

Goalkeepers: David Forde (Millwall), Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (Birmingham).

Defenders: Richard Keogh (Derby County), Marc Wilson (Stoke City), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Derby County), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Reading), Paul McShane (unattached).

Midfielders: James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Aiden McGeady (Everton), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Robbie Brady (Hull City), Stephen Quinn (Hull City), David Meyler (Hull City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town), Jon Walters (Stoke City), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

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