Reid on standby for Republic

Trapattoni names 24-man squad

Reid: On standby

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Blackburn midfielder Steven Reid has been named on standby for the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Australia.

The 28-year-old has not played a competitive game since October due to a persistent knee injury but is hoping to be fit for the start of the Premier League campaign.

Team-mate Keith Andrews has been named in the 24-man squad to face the Socceroos in Limerick on 12th August.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has put forward a strong provisional group, stressing the importance of gearing up for the World Cup.

"This friendly is of utmost importance to our side as it acts as our final game ahead of our World Cup qualifier against Cyprus in Nicosia in September," Trapattoni said.

"Australia, who have already qualified for the World Cup, will provide a stern test for the team.

"I am looking forward to playing an international friendly of this stature at the magnificent Thomond Park in Limerick.

"I am aware of the proud sporting culture in Limerick and I am sure that the people of Munster will get behind the team for this game."

Republic of Ireland squad to face Australia:

Given (Man City), Westwood (Coventry), Murphy (Scunthorpe), O'Shea (Man Utd), Foley (Wolves), Dunne (Man City), Kelly (Fulham), Kilbane (Hull), Nolan (Preston), St Ledger (Preston), McGeady (Celtic), Duff (Newcastle), Gibson (Man Utd), Whelan (Stoke), Andrews (Blackburn), L Miller (unattached), S Hunt (Reading), Keogh (Wolves), Lawrence (Stoke), Folan (Hull), Doyle (Wolves), Keane (Tottenham), Long (Reading), Best (Coventry).