Robbie Keane retains place in Ireland squad

Captain Robbie Keane has retained his place in the Ireland squad

for next month’s 2012 European Championship qualifiers despite

moving to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The striker will travel back from the United States for the

Sept. 2 home match against Slovakia and the trip to Moscow to play

Russia four days later.

Keane scored in his Major League Soccer debut on Saturday as the

Galaxy beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0.

Ireland tops Group B on goal difference ahead of Russia and

Slovakia.

James McCarthy, Marc Wilson and Jon Walters have been dropped

after not reporting for duty for a friendly tournament in May and

then withdrawing from the squad for the match against Croatia

earlier this month.

Coach Giovanni Trapattoni expects players to link up with the

squad even if they are injured so they can be assessed by Ireland’s

medical staff.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood

(Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall).

Defenders: John O’Shea (Sunderland), Kevin Foley (Wolves),

Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers),

Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Kevin Kilbane (Derby), Sean St.

Ledger, (Leicester), Darren O’Dea (Leeds).

Midfielders: Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Darron Gibson (Manchester

United), Keith Andrews (Ipswich), Keith Fahey (Birmingham), Andy

Keogh (Leeds), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak

Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Liam Lawrence

(Portsmouth), Keith Treacy (Burnley).

Forwards: Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy), Kevin Doyle

(Wolves), Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion), Simon Cox (West

Bromwich Albion).