Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has been omitted from Mick McCarthy’s final 28-man Republic of Ireland squad ahead of their upcoming fixtures (via @FAIreland).
The Irish take on New Zealand in a friendly before a crucial UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark later in November.
Westwood was initially part of a provisional 39-man squad selected by McCarthy last week (@FAIreland), but he is one of the 11 players who have been cut.
The former Ipswich Town and Wolves manager has instead opted to select Middlesbrough’s Darren Randolph, Bournemouth’s Mark Travers and Kieran O’Hara, who is currently on loan at Burton Albion from Manchester United, as his three goalkeepers.
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It means that the Sheffield Wednesday shot-stopper has now not been included in the Republic of Ireland’s last four squads, with his last appearance on the bench being back in March (Transfermarkt).
Westwood has made 21 appearances so far for his country, with his most recent being in a friendly against Uruguay back in 2017 (Transfermarkt).
Westwood is incredibly unlucky not to be included in the latest Republic of Ireland squad.
He has been outstanding for Sheffield Wednesday this term, starting 13 games and keeping four clean sheets (via Transfermarkt).
In contrast, Travers has not played a single minute of league football for AFC Bournemouth, with his only appearances coming in the Carabao Cup (via Transfermarkt). It is hard to understand, therefore, why he is selected ahead of Westwood.
Added to that, Randolph has missed Middlesbrough’s last three matches with injury (Transfermarkt), so it is also a risk for McCarthy to include him ahead of Westwood.
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