Millwall striker Keogh links up with Forde in Ireland squad

© Keith Gillard

© Keith Gillard

STRIKER Andy Keogh has been handed a late call up to the Republic of Ireland squad for World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria next week.

Keogh, who had initially been dropped from manager Giovanni Trapattoni's 29-man squad, has been drafted in as a result of injuries to Aiden McGeady, Paul McShane and Anthony Pilkington.

The 26-year-old will travel to Dublin to link up with Millwall teammate David Forde, who is set to start both matches after wrestling the number-one spot from Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.

Keogh was called up ahead of Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, who has been placed on standby duty, and Trapattoni admitted selecting his final 23-man squad had not been an easy task.

"As a manager, I am sometimes faced with some very tough decisions," he said. "But I feel that the squad I have chosen will get us the results we need from these two qualifiers.

"I have not made these choices lightly and will continue to monitor each player’s progress ahead of our next challenges in May and June."

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  1. NICKOLA says:

    For a footballer, getting International honours is a major highlight. Congratulations Andy.
    Pull yourself together, get back to the basics. You don't need Wood. You're good enough on your own.
    Now.....Prove it and be in the team for Wembley. I've got faith in you. Have faith in yourself.

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  2. millwalldownunder says:

    Well said Nicko. He is a quality striker, has just got to keep backing himself. Hopefully he's on this forum and reads the comments and can see the likes in support of him.

    Wonder, do you any of the players get on here for a chat??? Would have made for interesting viewing, for them (especially Trotts!!) before the second Blackburn game.

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  3. lukesmithmfc says:

    Spot nick.
    This can only do wonders for his confidence cause they've been shot to bits this second half of the season, his toe injury in hindsight should have been dealt with quicker, and his personel loss off the pitch is enough to drive you potty, hope you and your family are over the worse of it. Getting this call up is a surprise but he's more than capable, grab it with both hands and see you in a couple of weeks raring to up at Leicester.

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