Fresh from his goal for Villa, Hourihane among five Cork players in Ireland squad

Fresh from his goal for Villa, Hourihane among five Cork players in Ireland squad

Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane celebrates scoring against Fulham on Monday night. Picture: PA

FIVE Cork players have been included in Stephen Kenny's Ireland squad to face Slovakia in next week's Euro 2020 play-off and the Nations League games that follow against Wales and Finland.

Goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher, defender John Egan, midfielders Conor Hourihane and Alan Browne and young striker Adam Idah have been selected, with Tipp native and former Cork City forward Shane Long also involved.

Seanie Maguire, another ex-City star, doesn't feature, while there's no place either for Leeside's Kevin Long.

The squad will assemble in Dublin this Sunday and train at the FAI’s National Training Centre in Abbotstown before flying to Slovakia on Tuesday.

GOALKEEPERS: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (Bournemouth).

DEFENDERS: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Shane Duffy (Celtic, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

MIDFIELDERS: Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jayson Molumby (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers), Robbie Brady (Burnley).

FORWARDS: Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Shane Long (Southampton).

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