Hoolahan and Brady make cut for Republic’s Euro 2016 squad

Republic of Ireland's Stephen Ward (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with

Republic of Ireland's Stephen Ward (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammate Wes Hoolahan during the International Friendly match at Turners Cross, Cork. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447. - Credit: PA

Norwich City pair Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady have had their places in the Republic of Ireland's squad for Euro 2016 confirmed.

Manager Martin O'Neill named his 23-man travelling party after the disappointing friendly defeat against Belarus in Cork – and as expected the two Norwich players were in it.

Both men were regulars in O'Neill's squad for the qualifying campaign and will now be aiming to secure a place in the starting line-up for the Republic's opening fixture in France against Sweden on Monday, June 13.

Hoolahan came on as a 68th minute substitute in last night's game while Brady sat it out after featuring in a totally different team in last Friday's 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in Dublin.

Mikhail Hardzeichuk and Maksim Valadzko ensured last night's Euro 2016 dress rehearsal did not go as planned.

O'Neill made 11 changes to the side which drew with Holland as he prepared to finalise his squad but was left with more questions than answers.

Hardzeichuk fired the visitors into a 20th-minute lead with a stunning strike and Valadzko doubled his side's advantage with 63 minutes gone just when it looked like Ireland had finally found their feet.

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Stephen Ward reduced the deficit as the introduction of substitutes Shane Long and Hoolahan gave the Republic a much-needed spark in front of an expectant crown of 7,200, but the evening ultimately ended in disappointment, even for those men who will be on the plane next Wednesday.