Cork stars ready to play their part for Ireland in Euro qualifiers

Cork stars ready to play their part for Ireland in Euro qualifiers
Sheffield United's John Egan celebrates promotion. Picture: Dave Howarth/PA Wire. 

THERE is a strong Cork flavour to Mick McCarthy's Irish squad for a training camp in Portugal ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers with Denmark and Gibraltar.

Preston North End's Alan Browne. Picture: David Keane.
Preston North End's Alan Browne. Picture: David Keane.

Preston midfielder Alan Browne had another excellent campaign in the Championship and features for McCarthy for the first time having been unavailable through injury, while John Egan is also involved after helping Sheffield United into the Premier League.

Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane also shone in recent months though the Bandon dynamo's club have a play-off series with Leeds on the horizon. Former Cork City defender Kevin Long (Burnley) is also in the 30-man panel.

Ex-City striker Shane Long’s recent goalscoring form for Southampton is a boost for Ireland, who will train for a week in Quinta Do Lago from May 21 before moving base to the FAI National Training Centre ahead of the trip to Denmark and the home game with Gibraltar at the start of June. 

Seanie Maguire is also an attacking option for McCarthy.

The Ireland manager will review his options after the final series of English Premier League games on Sunday and the Championship and League One play-off semi-finals, which feature Hourihane, Glenn Whelan, Richard Keogh, Josh Cullen and Ronan Curtis.

Conor Hourihane celebrates a goal. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Conor Hourihane celebrates a goal. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

IRELAND SQUAD: 

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Kieran O’Hara (Manchester United), Mark Travers (Bournemouth).

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Kevin Long (Burnley), John Egan (Sheffield United), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City).

Midfielders: Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Cardiff City), Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic), Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers), James McClean (Stoke City), Alan Judge (Ipswich Town), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City).

Forwards: David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), Shane Long (Southampton), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Scott Hogan (Sheffield United), James Collins (Luton Town), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Callum Robinson (Preston North End)

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