No Ireland for Ireland

Martin O Neill has named his 29 man squad for upcoming end of season games against Turkey,Italy,Costa Rica and Portugal.One name missing from the list is Stoke City player Stephen Ireland.Both Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have been talking up chances that Ireland could return to the Irish fold over the past couple of months but the door seems to be slowly closing on that conversation in recent days.It appears that Martin rang the player twice and received no return phone call .O’Neill is not prepared to ring him again and if the Cork man wants a return.he will have to contact the boss instead.I personally find it amazing that we seem to be putting out the begging bowl to a player who obviously does not want to play for his country.Martin O’Neill needs this issue to go away now as we build for the upcoming European Championships.The summer games will be tough and it is time now for the manager to finalize his first eleven and his pattern of play.This weekends game against Turkey starts off a run of 4 games and then we hit the serious stuff.

 

Squad

Forde,Elliot,Keogh,Wilson,Coleman,O’Shea,Pearce,Kelly,Delaney,Duffy,Hendrick,Clark,Ward,Whelan,Green,McGinley,Pilkington,McClean,Quinn,Meyler,Hoolohan,Keane,Long,Murphy,Walters,Doyle,Stokes,Cox,Sammon.

 

The squad is not to far away from the one Trapattoni named in his last game and this is where the problem might be for O’Neill.There are no new stars on the horizon and it looks like these twenty nine men will be trusted with getting the Republic to the European Championships in France for 2016.I have no doubt that when the serious stuff gets under way in September the team will be ready.One thing certain though is the home form will be vital to qualification.Martin will hope that the Aviva stadium will become a fortress and that the fans can get right behind the team and roar them on  to the finals.I, like most Irish fans would rather be at this years World Cup finals  than playing these friendlies,but this next month will lay the foundations and hopefully they are strong.It will give us an insight into what the manager is all about,as he will have the squad together for a few weeks to mould.Roy Keane will have a big impact also, and let us hope he brings his vast experience of training camps to the table.I am looking forward to the upcoming games and a little excited at the prospect of another qualification campaign only around the corner.It is a must that we build confidence over the next few games and be ready for the big one. Best of luck Martin.