Kennedy gets Irish call
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Wolves winger has been dogged with injury for much of the season, but has earned a place in the final 23 for Korea and Japan.
There is no place for Gary Doherty of Tottenham, Celtic's Colin Healy and Millwall man Steven Reid. Doherty scored the winner against United States in a recent friendly but, despite his versatility, has been left out.
Southampton midfielder Rory Delap misses out along with Hibernian goalkeeper Nick Colgan
Carsley, the Everton midfielder, was given the nod ahead of the likes of Healy and Reid, while Newcastle's Andy O'Brien is handed a centre back slot.
Roy Keane leads the Irish into their World Cup adventure, after recovering a hamstring strain.
The squad will come together for Niall Quinn's testimonial at Sunderland's Stadium of Light on May 14, before entertaining Nigeria at Lansdowne Road.
McCarthy admitted he found it hard to tell those players not part of the squad they would be going to the finals.
"It is not easy having to tell players they are not coming," said McCarthy.
"I rang those five players yesterday to tell them. It was a cold way to do it, but it was the only way.
"Of course they were all disappointed, because they all wanted to go, but they wished me all the best and I know they want us to do as well as possible.
"I also told them all that if I had any injury problems in the next couple of weeks then I may need to call on them."
Shay Given (Newcastle), Alan Kelly (Blackburn), Dean Kiely (Charlton); Gary Breen (Coventry), Ken Cunningham (Wimbledon), Richard Dunne (Man City), Steve Finnan (Fulham), Ian Harte (Leeds), Gary Kelly (Leeds), Andy O'Brien (Newcastle), Steve Staunton (Aston Villa); Lee Carsley (Everton), Matt Holland (Ipswich), Roy Keane (Man United), Mark Kennedy (Wolves), Kevin Kilbane (Sunderland), Jason McAteer (Sunderland), Mark Kinsella (Charlton); David Connolly (Wimbledon), Damien Duff (Blackburn), Robbie Keane (Leeds), Clinton Morrison (Crystal Palace), Niall Quinn (Sunderland).