Stephen Kenny announces Ireland squad for World Cup qualifiers

Aaron Connolly returns for next month’s fixture list, with Callum Robinson absent

Stephen Kenny has announced his 25-man Republic of Ireland squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Portugal, Azerbaijan and Serbia.

Callum Robinson is a high-profile absence while he isolates after testing positive for Covid-19, with Burnley's Nathan Collins earning a first call-up. Robinson could potentially return for the clash with Serbia.

Brighton's Aaron Connolly and Jeff Hendrick both return to the squad after missing the summer internationals. The squad are set to fly to Portugal on Sunday.

Ireland play Portugal on at Estádio Algarve on Wednesday September 1st. They meet Azerbaijan in Dublin on Saturday September 4th, with Serbia welcomed to the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday September 7th.


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Republic of Ireland squad

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Portsmouth, on loan from Manchester City), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Nathan Collins (Burnley).

Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren), Jayson Molumby (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Attackers: Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), James Collins (Cardiff City), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Troy Parrott (MK Dons, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Shane Long (Southampton), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).