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1718 burnley jonathan walters 03 1000x500Martin O’Neill has named his provisional Republic of Ireland squad for key World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales with four Burnley players selected.

Jon Walters (pictured) misses out because of the knee injury which Sean Dyche has already confirmed will take him some time to recover from, but there are places for defenders Kevin Long and Stephen Ward and midfielders Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick.

They are currently third in the group and everything for that second place could come down to the last qualifier against Wales in Cardiff which is the second of these two games. First, they face Moldova in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin before travelling to the Cardiff City Stadium for the game there on Monday 9th October.

The Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers
Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough)
Rob Elliot (Newcastle)
Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)
Colin Doyle (Bradford City)

Defenders
Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough)
Richard Keogh (Derby)
Shane Duffy (Brighton)
Ciaran Clark (Newcastle)
John O’Shea (Sunderland)
Kevin Long (Burnley)
Stephen Ward (Burnley)

Midfielders
Aiden McGeady (Sunderland)
James McClean (West Brom)
Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa)
Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa)
Jeff Hendrick (Burnley)
Robbie Brady (Burnley)
James McCarthy (Everton)
David Meyler (Hull)
Harry Arter (Bournemouth)
Eunan O’Kane (Leeds)
Wes Hoolahan (Norwich)
Jonny Hayes (Celtic)
Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City)
Daryl Horgan (Preston)

Forwards
Shane Long (Southampton)
Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest)
David McGoldrick (Ipswich)
Sean Maguire (Preston)
Scott Hogan (Aston Villa)
Aiden O’Brien (Millwall)
Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids)

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