Liverpool youngster receives Ireland call but Rice saga rumbles on

Liverpool youngster Caoimhin Kelleher receives first call-up to Ireland squad as captain Seamus Coleman returns to face Northern Ireland and Denmark…but there is still no Declan Rice amid England interest

  • Liverpool youngster Caoimhin Kelleher has been called up by Ireland 
  • Teenage goalkeeper Kelleher is currently in Serbia with the Reds’ first-team
  • Ireland captain Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady are also back in the fold
  • Southampton’w Michael Obafemi is another new name in Martin O’Neill’s squad
  • There is, however, no place for West Ham’s Declan Rice amid England interest

Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady are back in the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly clash with Northern Ireland and the Nations League trip to Denmark.

Both men have been included in a 36-strong provisional party for the games later this month after injury, but there is no place for West Ham’s Declan Rice amid claims he is ready to opt for England.

Aston Villa midfielder Glenn Whelan will captain the side against Northern Ireland on what will be his 85th senior appearance for his country, but will not feature in Denmark.

Liverpool youngster Caoimhin Kelleher (pictured) has been called up by Martin O'Neill

Liverpool youngster Caoimhin Kelleher (pictured) has been called up by Martin O’Neill

Ireland have been boosted by the return of captain Seamus Coleman to the international fold

Ireland have been boosted by the return of captain Seamus Coleman to the international fold

There are also first senior call-ups for Caoimhin Kelleher, Jimmy Dunne, Ryan Manning and Michael Obafemi.

Kelleher, a promising 19-year-old goalkeeper, has also been named in the Liverpool squad for Tuesday’s Champions League game against Red Star Belgrade.

Southampton forward Obafemi, meanwhile, was also eligible for Nigeria but appears to have opted for Ireland after representing the Baggy Greens at youth level.

He featured off the bench for Saints in their 6-1 thumping at Manchester City over the weekend. 

There is, however, no place for West Ham's Declan Rice (right) amid interest from England

There is, however, no place for West Ham’s Declan Rice (right) amid interest from England

Southampton forward Michael Obafemi (pictured) is also in the squad for the games against Northern Ireland and Denmark after making an impressive cameo against Manchester City

Southampton forward Michael Obafemi (pictured) is also in the squad for the games against Northern Ireland and Denmark after making an impressive cameo against Manchester City

IRELAND SQUAD FOR GAMES AGAINST NORTHERN IRELAND AND DENMARK

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Colin Doyle (Hearts), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Jimmy Dunne (Hearts), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)

Midfielders: Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Cardiff City), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), David Meyler (Reading), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Richie Towell, Ryan Manning (Rotherham United), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Forwards: Shane Long, Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth)

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