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Robbie Keane omitted from Republic of Ireland squad

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Martin O'Neill has announced his Ireland squad ahead of their friendly with Serbia in March, and there's been one surprise omission from the squad.

At odds with the usual selection, there is no place for Robbie Keane, Shay Given and Stephen Ireland, who is said to be considering his international future after a seven year exile.

Keane, Ireland's most capped player, has been excluded so that he can fully focus on LA Galaxy's opening game of the new MLS season.

Shay Given was hoping to get the chance to equal Keane's record against the Serbs but misses out completely. Given had been considered to have reached something close to his former ability after a loan spell at Middlesbrough. Since moving to Aston Villa, he has struggled to break into the team, with the continued success of Brad Guzan keeping him on the bench.

O'Neill said: "Our game against Serbia will provide us with great preparation ahead of the first of our European qualifiers in September. I enjoyed working with the players in November for my first taste of international football, and am looking forward to assembling the squad once again in March."

It will be O'Neill second game in charge since he became national manager in November 2013, taking over from Giovanni Trapattoni. His first game in charge finished in a 3-0 victory over Latvia.

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