Sheffield Wednesday: Keiren Westwood included in Republic of Ireland squad for Oman and Serbia tussles

Keiren Westwood
Keiren Westwood

Keiren Westwood has been selected in the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of their forthcoming matches with Oman and Serbia.

The Owls goakeeper, a member of the the Republic squad who reached the last 16 of the European Championships in France last summer, has kept two clean sheets in four starts for Carlos Carvalhal’s side this term.

Goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes, left, and Keiren Westwood

Goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes, left, and Keiren Westwood

Westwood, capped 18 times by his country, is vying with West Ham United’s Darren Randolph and Portsmouth loanee David Forde for the number one spot.

The Republic entertain Oman at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, August 31, before kicking off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a trip to Serbia on Monday, September 5.

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill said: “After the excitement of UEFA EURO 2016 it seems as if we had little time to enjoy some excellent performances during that tournament.

“The World Cup qualifying campaign is already upon us and we have a difficult set of fixtures in the coming months.

“The visit of Oman to the Aviva Stadium reminds us of the game they played in Dublin two years ago. That took place immediately before we embarked on our European qualifying campaign.

“This game is ideal preparation for our first qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade a few days later. The Oman game also gives us the chance to play in front of Ireland supporters who enhanced their own reputation in France. We are looking forward to both games.”

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Republic of Ireland full squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), David Forde (Portsmouth)

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

Midfielders: James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Stephen Quinn (Reading), David Meyler (Hull City), Harry Arter, Eunan O’Kane (Bournemouth), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)

Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City)

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