Coleman returns to Irish squad for Turkey friendly

Three former Sligo Rovers players have been named in the 30-man Republic of Ireland squad for the international friendly with Turkey on Friday, March 23 in Antalya.

Captain Seamus Coleman returns to the squad a year after suffering a double leg fracture in the World Cup qualifier against Wales.

The Killybegs man returned to action with his club Everton last month after ten months out of the game.

Seani Maguire is also back in the squad having scored three goals in two substitute appearances for Preston since his return from injury, while his clubmate Daryl Horgan is also in Martin O’Neill’s provisional squad.

James McClean, whose brother Patrick now plays with Rovers is also included, as is Wolves’ Matt Doherty, who has family connections in Sligo.

There are first senior call-ups for goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara, and defenders Declan Rice, Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams and Enda Stevens.

Both O’Hara and Rice had previously trained with the squad but were never included for a match-day squad.

Also, O’Hara and Rice will report directly to the Ireland Under 21s after the camp finishes in order to be available for the UEFA European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday, March 27 in Tallaght Stadium.

The squad will meet up ahead of the 3 FAI International Awards on Sunday, March 18 in RTE Studios and depart for Turkey the next morning. After the game on Friday, March 23, the squad will return to Dublin and leave camp.

Republic of Ireland Squad
Goalkeepers: Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Kieran O’Hara (Manchester United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Declan Rice (West Ham United), John Egan (Brentford), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Alex Pearce (Derby County), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Greg Cunningham (Preston North End), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)
Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), David Meyler (Hull City), Eunan O’Kane (Leeds United), Liam Kelly (Reading), Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)
Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Sean Maguire (Preston North End)