On Monday, Giovanni Trapattoni named a provisional squad for Republic of Irelands friendly match against Poland on February 6. The squad includes five debutants, and the majority of the squad have little experience on the international scene.
This could be seen as a chance for young bright Irish footballers to gain some experience in international football, and a chance to prove themselves to the Italian. The ommission of some of the more well known Irish footballers, may be because they are about to retire from international football.
Anthony Pilkington, formerly of Huddersfield town, currently playing in the Premier League with Norwich, has been called up to the squad for a possible debut.
Derby trio Connor Sammon, Jeff Hendrick and Richard Keogh also look set to make their international debuts, as they were all included in the squad on Monday.
Stephen Henderson, formerly of Portsmouth, currently at Premiership club West Ham, has been called up as one of 3 goalkeepers named in the squad.
David Forde, of Millwall and Kieren Westwood, formerly of Coventry City, currently at Sunderland are the other two goalkeepers, leaving no space for Shay Given.
Robbie Keane has also been left out of the squad, with the potential explanation being the lack of football, due to the end of the MLS season, and Trapattoni's inclusion of youth players, attempting to give them a taste of international football.
The provisional squad for the friendly match against Poland is:
Kieron Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall), Stephen Henderson (West Ham), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Darren O'Dea (Toronto), Paul McShane (Hull), Stephen Ward (Wolves), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Richard Keogh (Derby), Greg Cunningham (Bristol City), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), James McCarthy (Wigan), David Meyler (Hull), Glen Whelan (Stoke),Andy Keogh (Millwall), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), James McClean (Sunderland), Robbie Brady (Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Simom Cox (Nottm Forest), Jonathan Walters (Stoke), Shane Long (West Brom), Conor Sammon (Derby).
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