Conor Hourihane included in Ireland squad for World Cup qualifiers

The Barnsley captain has had a brilliant start to The Championship season

BY Daniel Kelly 11:17 Friday 23 September 2016, 11:17 23 Sep 2016

Picture by: Anna Gowthorpe / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Martin O'Neill has selected an extended 33-man squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova next month.

Ireland will host Georgia in the Aviva Stadium on October 6th before travelling to take on Moldova three-days later in Chisinau.

Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane is one of the notable inclusions in the squad. Hourihane was named the Championship Player of the Month for August after a brilliant start to the season. The Cork native previously represented Ireland at underage level and has excelled in recent seasons in England's League One and Championship.

Goalkeeper Danny Rogers also earns a his first senior call-up. He comes into the squad in place of David Forde and Gary Rogers.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy also returns to the quad. He was unavailable for the qualifer against Serbia after being sent off against France at Euro 2016.

Kevin Doyle also is included in the squad. The Colorado Rapids striker was not picked for Euro 2016, and has scored three league goals this season

Republic of Ireland Squad
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Danny Rogers (Falkirk)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce (Derby County) Paul McShane (Reading), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Marc Wilson (Bournemouth), Stephen Ward (Burnley)

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Preston North End), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Stephen Quinn (Reading), David Meyler (Hull City), Conor Hourihane (Barnsley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen)

Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Newcastle United), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids)

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