Shane Long named in Ireland squad

Shane Long
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Shane Long is included in the Republic of Ireland squad to face Kazakhstan and Oman, despite manager Giovanni Trapattoni labelling him "idiotic".

Shane Long has been included in the Republic of Ireland squad to face Kazakhstan in their first 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Long is called up despite manager Giovanni Trapattoni labelling him "idiotic" last week.

The squad has a inexperienced feel to it, with no Shay Given or Damien Duff due to their respective retirements and seven players with five or less international caps, including one uncapped player.

"It is important to get off to a good start at the opening match of our 2014 campaign," said Trapattoni.

"Kazakhstan is a good side who have caused difficulties at home for a number of leading teams but we know our strengths and will be relying on them when we travel to Astana in September.

"We will be without Damien Duff who has been a truly great player for his country. I thank Damien for his immense contribution and hope his professionalism and dedication will be an inspiration to the wingers who are now emerging in his place."

Ireland will face Oman in a friendly match five days after their game against Kazakhstan.

Republic of Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers: Westwood, Forde, Randolph

Defenders: Wilson, O'Shea, St Ledger, O'Dea, Ward, Kelly, McShane

Midfielders: Whelan, Gibson, McCarthy, Coleman, O'Brien, McGeady, Keogh, McClean

Forwards: Keane, Doyle, Long, Cox, Walters

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