Andrews named in play-off squad
KEITH Andrews has been named in Giovanni Trapattoni’s 26-man squad for the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2012 play-off against Estonia.
It comes as the Ipswich Town midfielder has had a yellow card – wrongly given to him rather than team mate Aiden McGeady – rescinded by UEFA.
Andrews was booked against Armenia but explained yesterday he was unaware of the official’s decision as he had his back to the referee.
It had been feared that the yellow card would stand – leaving Andrews walking a tightrope going into the play-off – before the FAI intervened and encouraged UEFA to overturn the decision.
Andrews is expected to start next month’s play-off, the first leg of which is on Friday, November 11, in Estonia before the second leg in Dublin four days later.
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Trapattoni said: “There is no room for complacency as we prepare for our two games next month. We will remember that Estonia have as much right to be in the play-off as ourselves.
“They have had some very good results in their group beating Serbia and Slovenia. They also caused Italy a lot of problems. These games will be a huge challenge for us, and we must maintain the correct mentality from start to finish.”
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Full squad: Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall); John O’Shea (Sunderland), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Wolves), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Sean St Ledger (Leicester), Darren O’Dea (Leeds), Paul McShane (Hull City); Glenn Whelan (Stoke), James McCarthy (Wigan), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Keith Andrews (Ipswich), Keith Fahey (Birmingham), Darron Gibson (Manchester United), Andy Keogh (Leeds), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolves), Liam Lawrence (Portsmouth); Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long (West Brom), Simon Cox (West Brom), Jon Walters (Stoke).