Richard Dunne has been placed on standby for the Republic of Ireland ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands
Last Updated: September 26, 2012 6:20pm
Richard Dunne: On stand-by for Repubc of Ireland
Richard Dunne has been placed on standby for the Republic of Ireland ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands.
The defender has yet to feature for Aston Villa this season due to a groin injury, but manager Giovanni Trapattoni has put him on the standby list alongside youngster Robbie Brady.
Brady impressed on his debut in the recent friendly win over Oman, but his lack of first-team football sees him miss out on a spot in Trapattoni's 23-man squad.
David Meyler drops out after winning his first cap against Oman, with Keith Andrews recalled following a one-match suspension.
Ireland, who scraped a fortunate 2-1 win in Kazakhstan in their opening qualifier, face top seeds Germany in Dublin on October 12 before travelling to Torshavn to face the Faroes four days later.
"Our first game against Germany will be a difficult challenge and the home support will play an important part," said Trapattoni.
"We must also remember that we have two matches, and we will be focussing on every detail to pick up points on our journey to qualification for Brazil."
Ireland squad: Westwood, Forde, Randolph, Ward, Kelly, Wilson, O'Shea, St Ledger, McShane, O'Dea, Coleman, McGeady, Fahey, Whelan, McCarthy, Andrews, Keogh, McClean, Cox, Keane, Long, Doyle, Walters.