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Trapattoni keeps same Irish squad

Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane will lead the Republic of Ireland in Cyprus

Giovanni Trapattoni has named an unchanged Republic of Ireland squad for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Cyprus on 5 September.

The Irish were beaten 3-0 at home by Australia in a recent friendly but are in a good position in Group Eight as they chase a place in the 2010 finals.

The Republic are currently unbeaten in their campaign and a win in Nicosia would edge them closer to qualifying.

They are a point behind leaders Italy but have played a game more.

The same Irish squad will be used for the friendly against South Africa in Limerick on 9 September.

The Republic will end their campaign with home games against the Italians and Montenegro in October.

Third-placed Bulgaria, currently five points adrift of Ireland, having also played a game fewer, still have to travel to both Italy and Cyprus.

Trapattoni's side won the reverse fixture against Cyprus at Croke Park in October when Robbie Keane's fifth-minute strike was enough to edge a tight contest.

Squad: Given (Manchester City), Westwood (Coventry), Murphy (Scunthorpe), O'Shea (Manchester United), Foley (Wolves), Dunne (Manchester City), Kelly (Fulham), Kilbane (Hull), Nolan, St Ledger (both Preston); McGeady (Celtic), Duff (Fulham), Gibson (Manchester United), Whelan (Stoke), Andrews (Blackburn), Miller (unattached), Hunt (Hull), Andy Keogh (Wolves), Lawrence (Stoke); Folan (Hull), Doyle (Wolves), Keane (Tottenham), Long (Reading), Best (Coventry).

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see also
Rep of Ireland 0-3 Australia
12 Aug 09 |  Internationals
Bulgaria 1-1 Republic of Ireland
06 Jun 09 |  Internationals
Pick your Rep of Ireland XI
05 Feb 07 |  Internationals

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