So the searching has finished and Martin O’Neill has finally named his first squad for the upcoming friendly against Serbia in Dublin.Himself and Roy Keane have put in the hours to try and find the perfect formula to get the Republic of Ireland to France 2016.Up and down the country, the two have traveled trying to unveil new talent good enough to pull on the green jersey. Martin has named a 29 man squad with little or no change from the Trap era.The two men in charge have had a good look around and basically composed a list of the players to take on the up and coming challenge.
It has to be a real worry that no young blood has been brought in for this friendly and all might not look to bright for Irish international football.There was talk at the press conference of the possibility of Stephen Ireland returning to the fold,but nothing concrete has been sorted with the Cork man.I personally would not have him back,as in my book once you refuse to play for your country,which has done in the past,their should be no way back.Also listed on the agenda was the possibility of Shay Given been asked to come out of retirement and return to the squad.Can,t see the point in that myself in fairness,Shay retired from International football and I feel he should stay in retirement.Do not get me wrong,Shay has been a great servant for his country over the years but it is time to move on.David Forde is a super goalkeeper and I just think he should be given the chance to make the number one spot his own.
So with not much new talent to unearth across the water,maybe Martin should take a look into the SSE Airtricty League which starts next month.Give it serious thought and maybe try and few players in upcoming games before the real stuff gets going in September.It is something that Giovanni Trapattoni always avoided,but I feel it is a road that needs to be looked down.The real problem with bringing in new players is the timescale that O’Neill will have to get them into the squad and playing at a competitive level for the qualifiers.I feel Noel King the under 21 manager now needs to fast track real potential and get them ready for the future of Irish football.It could be a long road but sure come on, every avenue has to be looked at.
Republic Squad: Forde,Randolph,Elliot,Keogh,Wilson,Coleman,O’Shea,Pearce,Kelly,Delaney,Dunne,Clark,Ward,Green,McCarthy,Whelan,Reid,McGeady,Pilkington,McClean,Quinn,Meyler,Hoolahan,Long,Murphy,Walters,Doyle,Stokes,Cox.