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1516 burnley stephen ward 00 630x420Yesterday Sam Vokes was included in Chris Coleman’s squad for their World Cup qualifier against Moldova and today Stephen Ward has been called up by Martin O’Neill for two Republic of Ireland games.

It’s one friendly and a first World Cup qualifier for Ireland. They play the friendly against Oman next Wednesday, 31st August, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and then travel to play Serbia at Stadion FK Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade on Monday, 5th September.

Robbie Keane is named in the squad and will make his final appearance for his country in the Oman friendly. Having announced his retirement from international football this week, it will be Keane’s 146th cap and he’s scored 67 times in the previous 145, and that’s a staggering 47 more than Niall Quinn, the second highest goalscorer with 20.

The full Ireland squad is:

Darren Randolph (West Ham)
Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)
David Forde (Millwall – on loan at Portsmouth)

Cyrus Christie (Derby)
Seamus Coleman (Everton)
Ciaran Clark (Newcastle)
Richard Keogh (Derby)
John O’Shea (Sunderland)
Stephen Ward (Burnley)
Alex Pearce (Derby)
Marc Wilson (Bournemouth)
Paul McShane (Reading)

James McClean (West Brom)
Glenn Whelan (Stoke)
James McCarthy (Everton)
Jeff Hendrick (Derby)
Stephen Quinn (Reading)
Wes Hoolahan (Norwich)
David Meyler (Hull)
Robbie Brady (Norwich)
Aiden McGeady (Everton)
Harry Arter (Bournemouth)
Eunan O’Kane (Bournemouth)
Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City)

Jon Walters (Stoke)
Shane Long (Southampton)
Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
Daryl Murphy (Ipswich)

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