Stephen Kenny names Ireland squad for September internationals

Troy Parrott and Callum O’Dowda have missed out on a place in Ireland’s squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against France and the Netherlands.

O’Dowda has been ruled out with an injury that keeps him out for the next four weeks, while Parrott is only returning to fitness after joining Excelsior Rotterdam on loan.

Shane Duffy comes back into the squad for the first time since September 2022 to bolster Stephen Kenny's centre-back options.

And forward Aaron Connolly received his first call-up to the senior squad since October 2021 after his impressive early season form for Hull City.

Luton Town's Chiedozie Ogbene returns to the squad after missing the summer internationals through injury. 

Festy Ebosele receives his first senior call-up since June 2022 after impressing for Udinese in the Italian Serie A while Ryan Manning, Enda Stevens and Will Keane also return.

Matt Doherty is suspended for the match against France following his two-game suspension for the red card against Greece in June but will return for the Netherlands fixture and will report for international duty on Sunday. 

Republic of Ireland Squad - France/Netherlands

Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Southampton), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (Stoke City, on loan from AFC Bournemouth). 

Defenders: Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Festy Ebosele (Udinese), Enda Stevens (Stoke City), Ryan Manning (Southampton), James McClean (Wrexham), Shane Duffy (Norwich City), John Egan (Sheffield United), Nathan Collins (Brentford), Dara O'Shea (Burnley), Darragh Lenihan (Middlesbrough).

Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Burnley), Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Will Smallbone (Southampton), Jason Knight (Bristol City), Jamie McGrath (Aberdeen).

Forwards: Adam Idah (Norwich City), Will Keane (Preston North End), Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion), Aaron Connolly (Hull City), Chiedozie Ogbene (Luton Town).