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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK
Nine new faces in Republic squad
Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton
Steve Staunton has selected nine uncapped players
Nine uncapped players have been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for a two-match trip to the USA.

Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy and Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle have been rewarded for helping their team to promotion to the Premiership.

Sean St Ledger, Alex Bruce, Derek Geary, Joseph O'Cearuill, Caleb Folan and Darren Potter and Andy Keogh are also in Steve Staunton's selection.

The Irish play Ecuador in New York on 23 May and Bolivia in Boston on 26 May.

Staunton has named 23 players in his provisional squad, which will be finalised after the Coca-Cola Championship play-off semi-final between Wolves and West Bromwich Albion.

Keogh and Wolves team-mate Darren Potter are likely to feature in the two-legged clash, as is Albion defender Paul McShane.

Staunton said the matches were an opportunity for players to press for places in Euro 2008 fixtures.

"It will give me and the management team a chance to look at these players up close and it will also give them valuable international experience," said the Republic boss.

Republic of Ireland squad: Colgan (Barnsley), Henderson (Preston), Doyle (Birmingham); Kelly (Birmingham), McShane (West Brom), St Ledger (Preston), Bruce (Ipswich), Geary (Sheff Utd), O'Cearuill (Arsenal), O'Shea (Man Utd), Kilbane (Wigan), Potter (Wolves), Ireland (Man City), Hunt (Reading), O'Brien (Newcastle), Doyle (Reading), Long (Reading), Folan (Wigan), Murphy (Sunderland), Elliott (Sunderland), Miller (Sunderland), Stokes (Sunderland), Keogh (Wolves).

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