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Thursday 21 November 2019

McCarthy is keen to give Brady and Clark their chance

Ciaran Clark
Ciaran Clark

Mick McCarthy says he will give Robbie Brady and Ciaran Clark a chance to revive their Ireland careers in a friendly next week ahead of the key Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Denmark.

And the Irish boss is also encouraged to have a fit-again David McGoldrick to call on for the must-win game against the Danes, the Sheffield United man missed for the goal-free qualifiers away to Georgia and Switzerland last month.

McCarthy has trimmed his 39-man squad to 28 for the double header at home to New Zealand and Denmark with Troy Parrott, as expected, staying with the seniors after promotion from the U21s.

Keiren Westwood, Caoimhín Kelleher, Cyrus Christie, Ryan Manning, Darragh Lenihan, Nathan Collins, James McCarthy, Aiden O'Brien, Kieran Sadlier, Ronan Curtis, Shane Long and Michael Obafemi were all axed from the provisional squad, McCarthy omitted for "personal reasons" according to the manager.

He says he will use the New Zealand game to give precious game time to players who need it.

"Robbie (Brady) was left out last month simply because he had only played three minutes in the Premier League all season when I named the squad," McCarthy told FAI.ie.

"He is back involved with the Burnley first team now and getting game time and his involvement is a real boost to us ahead of the match against Denmark because of the quality he brings to the team.

"I will give Robbie time against New Zealand to get ready for Denmark. He is one of the players in the squad who will really benefit from the New Zealand game before we play the Danes.

"Ciaran is in the same boat. He had to get back with Newcastle before he could back with us but he is playing well for them now and I was impressed with him against West Ham last Saturday," added McCarthy, also keen to see McGoldrick again after injury.

"David's return is the big bonus for all of us. Everyone knows how well he has done for us in the European Championship games he has played this year and he has been brilliant for his club in recent weeks

"Troy Parrott is in the squad for the first time and he will feature against New Zealand next Thursday."

Darren Randolph, Matt Doherty and Glenn Whelan of Hearts are included despite injuries. "They'll all be in Dublin and they're looking forward to it as much as I am," McCarthy added.

Ireland squad to play New Zealand and Denmark

Goalkeepers: Randolph (Middlesbrough), O'Hara (Burton A), Travers (Bournemouth).

Defenders: Doherty (Wolves), Duffy (Brighton), K Long (Burnley), Egan, Stevens (Sheffield U), Clark (Newcastle U), D Williams (Blackburn),O'Connor (Celtic).

Midfielders: Browne (Preston), Cullen (Charlton), Hendrick, Brady (Burnley), O'Dowda (Bristol C), Whelan (Hearts), Hourihane (Aston V), McClean (Stoke C), Byrne (Shamrock R).

Forwards: Robinson, McGoldrick (Sheffield U), Parrott (Tottenham), Connolly (Brighton), Collins (Luton T), Hogan (Stoke C), Maguire (Preston), Judge (Ipswich T).

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