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1516 burnley stephen ward 00 630x420Stephen Ward, who has won 31 caps for the Republic of Ireland, seven of them since signing for us in August 2014, has been called up by Martin O’Neill for the provisional squad for their two friendly internationals later this month against Switzerland and Slovakia.

It’s a 40 man squad, something O’Neill does regularly, and will be trimmed down a few days before the first game.

Both games will be played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The first is against Switzerland on Good Friday 25th March with the Slovakia game coming four days later.

The full provisional squad called up is


Darren Randolph (West Ham United)
David Forde (Millwall)
Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)
Rob Elliot (Newcastle United)


Cyrus Christie (Derby County)
Seamus Coleman (Everton)
Richard Keogh (Derby County)
John O’Shea (Sunderland)
Alex Pearce (Bristol City)
Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers)
Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa)
Paul McShane (Reading)
Stephen Ward (Burnley)
Greg Cunningham (Preston North End)
Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)


Robbie Brady (Norwich City)
James McCarthy (Everton)
Jeff Hendrick (Derby County)
Darron Gibson (Everton)
Harry Arter (Bournemouth)
Eunan O’Kane (Bournemouth)
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City)
Paul Green (Rotherham United)
Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City)
David Meyler (Hull City)
Stephen Quinn (Reading)
Aiden McGeady (Sheffield Wednesday)
James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)
Alan Judge (Brentford)
Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen)
Chris Forrester (Peterborough United)
Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City)
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City)
Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)


Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
Shane Long (Southampton)
Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town)
Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids)
Anthony Stokes (Hibernian)
Simon Cox (Reading)

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