Newcastle Utd’s Elliot named in Republic of Ireland squad

KNEE INJURY ... Newcastle's Rob Elliot.
KNEE INJURY ... Newcastle's Rob Elliot.

NEWCASTLE Unied’s Rob Elliot has been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for next month’s friendly against Serbia.

The goalkeeper was brought into the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan late last year, but he didn’t make an appearance.

However, the 27-year-old could be handed his debut against Serbia in Dublin on March 5.

There was no place in Martin O’Neill’s squad for former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given, whose successful spell on loan at Middlesbrough from Aston Villa ends this weekend.

SQUAD David Forde (Millwall), Darren Randolph (Birmingham), Rob Elliot (Newcastle), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Marc Wilson (Stoke City), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Reading), Stephen Kelly (Reading), Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace), Richard Dunne (QPR), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Stephen Ward (Brighton), James McCarthy (Everton), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Paul Green (Ipswich Town), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Aiden McGeady (Everton), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City), James McClean (Wigan), Stephen Quinn (Hull), David Meyler (Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Shane Long (Hull), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town), Jon Walters (Stoke City), Kevin Doyle (QPR), Anthony Stokes (Celtic) Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).