Robbie Keane omitted from Ireland squad for Serbia friendly

There were few surprises in Martin O'Neill's selection, with the captain concentrating on the opening of the MLS season with LA Galaxy and opting not to take part
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has named a 29-man squad for the friendly against Serbia on March 5 at the Aviva Stadium.

One notable absentee is captain Robbie Keane, who has been allowed to stay with LA Galaxy as they continue their preparations for MLS's March 8 kick-off.

"I have spoken with Robbie," O'Neill told reporters. "I met up with his manager Bruce Arena in London in January. We both agreed to let [Keane] get settled in after the operation.

"[LA Galaxy are] starting the season very, very shortly. We'll monitor his situation and hopefully he'll be ready for the summer games.

"Robbie's pretty happy with that. For the travelling time, if I'm going to look at someone else at this minute, if I'm going to play him for maybe a half of a game, I didn't feel it was worth it."

Forde, Randolph, Eliot

Kelly, Keogh, Wilson, Coleman, O'Shea, Dunne, Pearce, Delaney, Clark, Ward

McCarthy, Whelan, Green, Meyler, McGeady, Pilkington, McClean, Quinn, Hoolahan, Reid

Murphy, Long, Walters, Doyle, Cox, Stokes