Friday, October 30, 2009
Ireland squad named for crucial play-off games with France
Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has left Steve Finnan, Steven Reid, Andy Reid and Clinton Morrison out of his squad to face France in their World Cup 2010 qualifying play-off.
It had been rumoured that Finnan would be included to address issues with cover in defence. Steven Reid has been played for Blackburn in recent weeks but Trapattoni has opted not to bring the midfielder back into the squad.
Trapattoni has repeatedly omitted Andy Reid from Ireland squads since clashing with the Sunderland midfielder when the side played Georgia in September.
Hibernian striker Anthony Stokes has been called into the squad and Coventry striker Leon Best is also included.
The matches will take place on 14 and 18 November, with Ireland at home for the first leg.
Sean St. Ledger