James McCarthy has returned to the Irish squad for next month’s friendly against Croatia at the Aviva Stadium .
The Wigan midfielder missed the Carling cup fixtures and the qualifying clash with Macedonia due to an ankle injury, however he is now fit and looks set to add to his 3 caps for his adopted country.
Marc Wilson and Jonathan Walters, who also missed those encounters, are also included while Kevin Doyle returns to the squad for the first time since his injury against Macedonia in the March clash.
Sunderland’s new signings Keiren Westwood and John O’Shea are also included with Stephen Ward, who impressed in the Carling cup, keeping his place in the squad.
Speaking about the squad FAI AGM Festival of Football in Co. Clare, the Italian said, “Following on from our last successful trip with four wins behind us, this game will be an important decider ahead of our next EURO 2012 qualifier game versus Slovakia on September 2.
Many players will be given the opportunity to shine against a very strong opposition. Croatia are currently ranked 8th in FIFA’s World Rankings, and will undoubtedly be a tough match for us.”
Squad: Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, David Forde, John O’Shea, Paul McShane, Kevin Foley, Seamus Coleman, Stephen Kelly, Stephen Ward, Richard Dunne, Sean St. Ledger, Darren O’Dea, Damien Delaney, Ciaran Clark, Kevin Kilbane, Glenn Whelan, Darron Gibson, Keith Andrews, Keith Fahey, Andy Keogh, Aiden McGeady, Damien Duff, Stephen Hunt, Liam Lawrence, James McCarthy, Keith Treacy, Marc Wilson, Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Jonathan Walters, Shane Long, Simon Cox
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