Carr up and running for Ireland
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Tottenham full back has returned to full fitness after missing all of last season with a long-term knee injury.
Leeds midfielder Stephen McPhail, Celtic ace Colin Healy, Millwall striker Richard Sadlier, Hibernian goalkeeper Nick Colgan, Southampton man Rory Delap and versatile Tottenham star Gary Doherty have all been recalled to the squad after missing out on the World Cup.
As expected Roy Keane has not been included in the squad following a pre-World Cup bust-up with Mick McCarthy. Veteran trio Steve Staunton, Niall Quinn and Alan Kelly are all conspicuous by their absence following their retirement from the international set-up.
McCarthy is happy to give the younger players a chance following the loss of Staunton, Quinn, and Kelly.
"With Niall Quinn, Alan Kelly and Steve Staunton all having retired from international football after the World Cup finals, this is an opportunity for some of the younger players to show that they are ready to stake their claims for international recognition," said McCarthy.
Wolves winger Mark Kennedy and Wimbledon striker David Connolly both miss out through injury.
The game on August 21 in Helsinki is Ireland's first game since their World Cup exit at the hands of Spain as they prepare for qualifying for Euro 2004.
Shay Given (Newcastle United), Dean Kiely (Charlton Athletic), Nick Colgan (Hibernian), Ian Harte (Leeds United), Richard Dunne (Manchester City), Gary Breen (West Ham United), Andy O'Brien (Newcastle United), Gary Kelly (Leeds United), Kenny Cunningham (Birmingham City), Steve Finnan (Fulham), Stephen Carr (Tottenham Hotspur), Jason McAteer (Sunderland), Matt Holland (Ipswich Town), Kevin Kilbane (Sunderland), Steven Reid (Millwall), Colin Healy (Celtic), Mark Kinsella (Charlton Athletic), Lee Carlsey (Everton), Rory Delay (Southampton), Robbie Keane (Leeds United), Clinton Morrison (Birmingham City), Damien Duff (Blackburn Rovers), Stephen McPhail (Leeds United), Richard Sadlier (Millwall), Gary Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur).