Norwich City duo included in Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016 play-off

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (right) in action with Germany's Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan (l

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (right) in action with Germany's Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan (left) during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norwich City players Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady have been included in Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill's 39-man squad for the Euro 2016 qualifying play-off against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The squad will be trimmed ahead of the group meeting on November 9. The Republic will travel to Zenica for the first leg on Friday, November 13, with the second leg at Dublin's Aviva Stadium three days later.

O'Neill said: 'After finishing third in a difficult qualifying group, we enter into the play-offs against a very good team in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

'Our fate is in our own hands and we will be doing all that we can to qualify for next summer's finals.

'We will play the second leg at the Aviva Stadium and that is a big plus for us because the Irish supporters were fantastic in our last game there against Germany (a 1-0 win) and we know that there will be a similar atmosphere for this play-off.'


You may also want to watch:


The Republic finished four points behind world champions Germany and three points adrift of second-placed Poland, who beat them 2-1 in the final Group D fixture.

Brady has started all of City's matches in the Premier League so far this season, performing well at left-back and on the left wing since joining in the summer from Hull City for a reported £8million.

Most Read

The 23-year-old former Manchester United trainee has 13 caps for his country while Hoolahan, City's longest serving current player at 33 years old, has 19 caps.

Both started the victory over Germany but playmaker Hoolahan was left on the bench until the 73rd minute of the loss in Poland. Brady has started, and finished, all of Ireland's last eight matches.

Bosnia finished third behind Belgium and Wales in Group B and can call on players such as Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

'They are a very strong team with some really fine players in some big leagues but we're going into the game with a lot of confidence,' O'Neill added.

Two other Canaries players are expected to be involved in the play-offs, with full-back Martin Olsson an established member of the Sweden squad and midfielder Alex Tettey starting and scoring in both of Norway's last two matches. Sweden take on Scandinavian neighbours Denmark and Norway face Hungary.

Republic of Ireland squad to face Bosnia and Herzegovina: David Forde (Millwall), Shay Given (Stoke City), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Marc Wilson (Stoke City), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Derby County), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Paul McShane (Reading), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Greg Cunningham (Preston North End), Robbie Brady (Norwich City), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Darron Gibson (Everton), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Paul Green (Rotherham United), Aiden McGeady (Everton), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Alan Judge (Brentford), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City), David Meyler (Hull City), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town), Adam Rooney (Aberdeen), Simon Cox (Bristol City).

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus