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John Egan included in reduced Ireland squad for Friday's World Cup Qualifier

20 March 2017

Defender in Martin O'Neill's 27 man squad for match against Wales

John Egan has been included in Martin O'Neill's 27 man squad for the Republic of Ireland's crucial 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Wales this weekend. The Irish take on The Welsh at The Aviva Stadium on Friday, kick-off 7.45pm before taking on the European Championship Quarter-Finalists Iceland in a friendly at the same venue the following Tuesday, also a 7.45pm kick-off.

Ireland currently top Group D with ten points from four games, four points clear of Wales in third. Victory for O'Neill's side would cement their place in the top two of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

24-year-old John has enjoyed an impressive debut season in the Sky Bet Championship following his move from Gillingham in the summer. The defender scored twice on his home debut against Ipswich Town and has four goals in total from 36 appearances.

John has been capped by Ireland at Under-17, Under-19, and Under-21 level but this is his first call up to the full Ireland squad.

The full Republic of Ireland Squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Keiren Westwood, Colin Doyle
Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce, John O'Shea, Andy Boyle, John Egan, Stephen Ward
Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady, Conor Hourihane, David Meyler, Eunan O'Kane, James McClean, Jonathan Hayes, Daryl Horgan, Callum O'Dowda
Forwards: Jonathan Walters, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Kevin Doyle

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