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Last Updated: Monday, 25 September 2006, 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK
Staunton gives McShane a chance
Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton
Steve Staunton set to give Paul McShane a run
Republic boss Steve Staunton has added U21 star Paul McShane into his 25-man squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Cyprus and the Czech Republic.

McShane joins Preston North End defender Sean St Ledger as the only uncapped players in the squad.

"Paul is an excellent prospect and he has greatly benefitted from his move to West Brom," said Staunton.

Recalled are Andy Reid and Alan Lee who missed the last outings with injury while Paddy Kenny replaces Shay Given.

Goalkeeper and vice-captain Given is ruled out after undergoing bowel surgery to repair an injury sustained in Newcastle's recent league game against West Ham.

Meanwhile, McShane is a product of Ireland's under-age programme having been capped at youth and U21 level and joined West Brom from Manchester United during the summer.

"We are developing a team for the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign and I want players like Paul battling to be part of that," said Staunton who will watch the game against Cyprus from the stands after received a red card during the German game.

"While we want to win every game and will be trying hard to qualify for Euro 2008, the main priority is building a squad capable of mounting a serious challenge in two years time."


Republic of Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers: Kenny (Sheffield United), Henderson (Brighton), Colgan (Barnsley)

Defenders: Andy O'Brien (Portsmouth), Dunne (Manchester City), Carr (Newcastle), Finnan (Liverpool), St. Ledger (Preston), McShane (WBA)

Midfielders: Kilbane (Wigan), O'Shea (Manchester United), Reid (Blackburn), Kavanagh (Sunderland), Miller (Sunderland), Douglas (Leeds Utd), Ireland (Manchester City), Duff (Newcastle), McGeady (Celtic), Alan O'Brien (Newcastle), Reid (Charlton)

Strikers: Elliott (Sunderland), Keane (Tottenham), Doyle (Reading), Morrison (Crystal Palace), Lee (Ipswich)



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