John O'Shea to skipper Republic of Ireland in his final international appearance
Last Updated: 10/05/18 2:02pm
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has confirmed veteran defender John O'Shea will captain his country in his final international appearance against the USA.
O'Neill named a 40-man provisional squad for the friendly games against Celtic on May 20, a testimonial for Bhoys captain Scott Brown, before a trip to Paris against France on May 28 and the fixture with the USA in Dublin on June 2.
Sunderland defender O'Shea, 37, has won 117 caps is joined in an expanded squad by Shamrock Rovers striker Graham Burke, while Peterborough goalkeeper Conor O'Malley, Millwall midfielder Shaun Williams and Preston forward Callum Robinson also receive first senior call-ups.
The three friendly games act as the final preparation ahead of the UEFA Nations League opener away to Wales on September 6.
O'Neill has also made space in his squad for Matt Doherty (Wolves), Declan Rice (West Ham) and Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) who made their debuts in the recent friendly against Turkey.
Burke is the latest player from the League of Ireland to be called up to the squad, following on from the previous call ups for the Dundalk trio of Andy Boyle, Daryl Horgan and Gary Rogers.
Republic of Ireland squad
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United), Ian Lawlor (Doncaster Rovers), Conor O'Malley (Peterborough United)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Alex Pearce, Richard Keogh (Derby County), John Egan (Brentford), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Greg Cunningham (Preston North End)
Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), David Meyler (Hull City), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion),
Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers)