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Published: 12:23 | 12/5/16

O'Dowda gets Ireland call-up

Under-21 star gets first senior call

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has named a 35-man squad for the 'Three' International Friendly against Netherlands at Aviva Stadium on May 27.

O'Neill is due to finalise his squad for Euro 2016 on May 28 and the game, which is live on Setanta Ireland, against Danny Blind's side will provide the Irish players with the final opportunity to impress the management team.

Shay Given, Marc Wilson, Jeff Hendrick, Harry Arter, Jonathan Walters, and David McGoldrick are recalled after missing the March friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia through injury, while Under 21 international Callum O'Dowda has been called into the senior team for the first time.

Captain Robbie Keane is included after returning from surgery, while Seamus Coleman will be hoping to have recovered from the hamstring injury that has seen him miss four successive games for Everton.

"Everything now is about preparing for EURO 2016 and that is why we wanted to play a team of the calibre of the Netherlands as we aim to make the most of our time ahead of the departure for France," O'Neill said.

"We will travel to Fota Island Resort for a training camp and a game against Belarus in the week afterwards, but this game at the Aviva Stadium is very important in terms of building our match sharpness and getting into tournament mode.

"It is also an opportunity to play in front of the Ireland supporters, who have been terrific, at the Aviva Stadium before leaving for the EUROs and that is something that means a lot to the players because when we get together, it all comes together."

Republic of Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers:
Shay Given, Darren Randolph, David Forde, Keiren Westwood

Defenders:
Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, Paul McShane, Ciaran Clark, Richard Keogh, John O'Shea, Alex Pearce, Shane Duffy, Marc Wilson, Stephen Ward

Midfielders:
Aiden McGeady, James McClean, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, David Meyler, Stephen Quinn, Darron Gibson, Harry Arter, Wes Hoolahan, Eunan O'Kane, Anthony Pilkington, Robbie Brady, Jonathan Walters, Jonathan Hayes, Callum O'Dowda

Forwards:
Robbie Keane, Shane Long, David McGoldrick, Kevin Doyle, Daryl Murphy


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