Martin O'Neill signs new contract as Ireland squad announced for upcoming qualifiers
Martin O'Neill has named a 33-man squad for the upcoming fixtures against Georgia and Moldova, having announced that he has put pen to paper on a new deal with the FAI.
The Ireland manager began his press conference this morning by stating that he has signed his new contract, which had been a lingering issue since Euro 2016.
Martin O'Neill: I have signed a new deal. It was never an issue. Roy and the backroom staff have followed suit. We're delighted. #COYBIG— FAIreland (@FAIreland) September 23, 2016
Ireland play Georgia at the Aviva on October 6 before travelling to Moldova for a second World Cup qualifier in four days on October 9.
There is a debut squad appearance for Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane, who was named the Championship's Player of the Month for August:
Keeper Danny Rogers, currently on loan at Falkirk, also earns his first call-up while Shane Duffy is included after being suspended for Ireland's opening WC 2018 qualifier against Serbia.
Having picked up a point in Belgrade, O'Neill's men will be looking to kick on and take six points from two very winnable fixtures.
Republic of Ireland squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Danny Rogers (Falkirk)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce (Derby County) Paul McShane (Reading), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Shane Duffy (Reading), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Marc Wilson (Bournemouth), Stephen Ward (Burnley)
Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Preston), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Stephen Quinn (Reading), David Meyler (Hull City), Conor Hourihane (Barnsley), Harry Arter, Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen)
Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids)