Kenna gets Irish call
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kenna has spent three years in the international wilderness, but his impressive form for Birmingham this season has seen him catch the eye of Mick McCarthy.
McCarthy has kept faith with the majority of the squad he chose for the Russia game as they look to get their Euro 2004 campaign back on track.
Tottenham defender Stephen Carr and Fulham ace Steve Finnan are both missing through injury, but Newcastle star Andy O'Brien is back after missing the Russia defeat with a shin splints problem.
McCarthy feels Kenna will add cover on the right side of defence with Finnan and Carr out.
"With Steve Finnan and Stephen Carr ruled out by injuries, Jeff gets his chance and I'm sure he will be very pleased as he has been such a long time out of the frame," said McCarthy.
Shay Given (Newcastle United), Dean Kiely (Charlton Athletic), Nick Colgan (Hibernian), Ian Harte (Leeds United), Gary Breen (West Ham United), Gary Kelly (Leeds United), Ken Cunningham (Birmingham City), Andy O'Brien (Newcastle), John O'Shea (Manchester United), Phil Babb (Sunderland), Jeff Kenna (Birmingham) ,Matt Holland (Ipswich Town), Kevin Kilbane (Sunderland), Colin Healy (Glasgow Celtic), Mark Kinsella (Aston Villa), Lee Carsley (Everton), Rory Delap (Southampton), Stephen McPhail (Leeds United), Robbie Keane (Tottenham), Clinton Morrison (Birmingham City), Damien Duff (Blackburn Rovers), Gary Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur).