Long gets first Republic of Ireland call-up

Posted May 16, 2017

He really impressed me, don't discount him.

Burnley defender Kevin Long has earned a first senior call-up in Republic of Ireland's 37-man squad for their three worldwide matches next month.

The Burnley defender has been named in the extended squad for the friendlies with Mexico and Uruguay, as well as the World Cup qualifier with Austria in June.

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Another man to suffer a awful run of injuries, Long made his Premier League debut earlier this month after a long period on the sidelines.

Ciaran Clarke and Seamus Coleman are not available due to injury.

"There are a couple of players who are ahead of him (Maguire) in terms of experience but I'll keep monitoring him, as we do with others", said O'Neill, speaking at a press conference in Dublin today. O'Neill's men now sit joint top on 11 points alongside Serbia in the race to reach the finals next summer in Russian Federation. "The players have to come down from their season but we need to get it back up again".

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Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, James McClean, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Conor Hourihane, Stephen Gleeson, Harry Arter, Eunan O'Kane, Liam Kelly, Darron Gibson, Wes Hoolahan, Daryl Horgan, Callum O'Dowda, Jonathan Hayes.

A number of players will report for a three-day training camp in Fota Island on May 23rd before the full squad links up in Dublin five days later.

Ireland take on Mexico in New Jersey on June 1st before travelling home for the final two games: another friendly with Uruguay before Austria pitch up in a bid to salvage their qualification hopes.

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