Irish call up young duo
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Republic of Ireland have called up Stephen Elliott and Aidan McGeadyCeltic's Aidan McGeady and Sunderland's Stephen Elliott have been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for next week's friendly with Croatia.
McGeady, who made his senior debut in the Unity Cup in London during the summer, has impressed for Celtic lately after being given a run in the side and he has scored twice in his last three outings.
Elliott has enjoyed a fine season with Sunderland and he has been rewarded for his good form with a place in Brian Kerr's squad.
Roy Keane has been left out as Kerr looks to give some fringe players a chance.
Manchester United defender John O'Shea is included in the squad despite struggling with a hernia problem, but again there is no place for Levante full back Ian Harte.
Manchester City's Jonathan Macken gets another chance to impress, but Clinton Morrison is again missing as he recovers from the knee injury he picked up against France last month.
Shay Given (Newcastle), Nick Colgan (Barnsley), Paddy Kenny (Sheff Utd); Steve Finnan (Liverpool), Kenny Cunningham (Birmingham), Andy O'Brien (Newcastle), Alan Maybury (Hearts), John O'Shea (Man Utd), Stephen Carr (Newcastle), Gary Doherty (Norwich), Gary Breen (Sunderland), Richard Dunne (Man City), Liam Miller (Man Utd), Alan Quinn (Sheff Utd), Aidan McGeady (Celtic), Matt Holland (Charlton), Graham Kavanagh (Cardiff), Andy Reid (Notts Forest), Kevin Kilbane (Everton), Damien Duff (Chelsea), Alan Lee (Cardiff), Stephen Elliott (Sunderland), Robbie Keane (Tottenham), Graham Barrett (Coventry City) Jon Macken (Man City)