Staunton names 29 for Irish
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Staunton has selected a 29-man squad for Ireland's upcoming friendly with Chile.
Steve Staunton has selected a 29-man squad for Republic of Ireland's upcoming friendly with Chile.
The Ireland coach has plumped for an expanded squad for the game against Chile, which will take place at Lansdowne Road on May 24.
On the Friday before the friendly, Staunton will take his party to Portugal for a warm-weather training camp.
Among the inclusions in the squad is Tottenham Hotspur's teenage striker Terry Dixon, while Shelbourne's Jason Bryne is the only Irish-based player in the setup.
Staunton outlined the reasons for selecting 29 players as he continues his preparations for the 2008 European Championship qualifiers.
"I have increased my squad size so that as many players as possible can experience how we operate and play together," said Staunton.
"The warm climate will be of benefit to us as well."
Squad: Given (Newcastle), Kenny (Sheffield United), Henderson (Brighton); Breen (Sunderland), Harte (Levante), Finnan (Liverpool), Andy O'Brien (Portsmouth), Dunne (Manchester City), Kelly (Tottenham); O'Shea (Manchester United), Miller, Douglas (Leeds), Kilbane (Everton), Steven Reid (Blackburn), Duff (Chelsea), Kavanagh (Wigan), Joey O'Brien (Bolton), Michael Doyle (Coventry), Andy Reid (Tottenham), Quinn (Sheffield United), McGeady (Celtic); Keane, Dixon (Tottenham), Morrison (Crystal Palace), Kevin Doyle (Reading), Elliott, Lawrence (Sunderland), Byrne (Shelbourne), Lee (Cardiff).