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Ireland names roster for Euro qualifier and friendly against USMNT

Matthias Hangst

Ireland has named their team for their Euro qualifier on Friday and friendly against the United States on November 18. With the qualifier being a huge match for Ireland, it's no surprise that it is a very strong squad that should challenge the U.S.

The team is headlined by Robbie Keane, as per usual. He is still their captain, and he is joined by Seamus Coleman, Shane Long, Jon Walters, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson, so it is a good group.

It will be worth watching how many of those players are still on the team for the friendly against the U.S. Obviously they need all their best players for the qualifier, but they may release a few players before they play the U.S. because it is only a friendly and some players may want a break. Keane is a prime example of a player who could do that with the LA Galaxy starting the Western Conference final on November 23.

Goalkeepers: David Forde, Shay Given, Rob Elliot, Darren Randolph

Defenders: Richard Keogh, Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, John O'Shea, Alex Pearce

Midfielders: James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ward, Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady, Anthony Pilkington, James McClean, Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler

Forwards: Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick, Jon Walters, Kevin Doyle, Anthony Stokes