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Young duo maintain excellent form while Richard Dunne and John O'Shea near fitness but who else has caught Trap's eye this week?

ANALYSIS
By Ronan Murphy

Richard Dunne and John O'Shea are both close to comebacks for their clubs, but Stephen Hunt's injury further puts his place in jeopardy thanks to James McClean's form. James McCarthy and Paul Green are also battling for the final centre midfield spot in Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man squad.

Robbie KEANE
Club: Los Angeles Galaxy
Position: Striker
 
Set up Landon Donovan's equaliser in LA Galaxy's 3-1 win over Portland Timbers, which puts Keane onto the MLS Assists Chart for the season. He's currently tied for seventh in the goalscoring chart, four behind Thierry Henry.

Damien DUFF
Club: Fulham
Position: Winger

Duff had a weekend off with Fulham, which should give him time to rest before the season run-in. Duff still has the trickery and vision to cause a lot of trouble at Euro 2012.
3  Shay GIVEN
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Goalkeeper

Another disappointing afternoon in the Aston Villa goal, Given doesn't look as sharp as he once was, but is still crucial between the sticks for Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland.
4  Richard DUNNE
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Defender

According to Aston Villa, the "Iron Curtain" should be back in action sooner rather than later, with the game against West Bromwich Albion on April 28 a likely comeback.

5  John O'SHEA
Club: Sunderland
Position: Defender

Set to return this weekend against Aston Villa after a calf injury kept him out of the last few games. Had a little jibe at England's Euro 2012 preparations this week.
6  Keith ANDREWS
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Midfielder

Came off the bench against QPR in West Brom's 1-0 win to mark his 300th career league appearance. It's that kind of experience that Ireland will need to do well in Poland.
7 Aiden McGEADY
Club: Spartak Moscow
Position: Winger

Played the full 90 minutes in Spartak's 2-0 win over Rubin Kazan, and grew in confidence as the game went on, fooling defenders with some neat tricks.
Glenn WHELAN
Club: Stoke City
Position: Midfielder

Stoke boss Tony Pulis admitted that Whelan is in need of a rest if he's to be on top form for the Euros. With Stoke 13 points clear of relegation, Whelan could get the break he needs this weekend.


9 Sean ST LEDGER
Club: Leicester City
Position: Defender

A loss and a draw this week have ended Leicester's playoff hopes, but the bad news for Ireland is the fact that St Ledger was left on the bench for both games.


10  Stephen WARD
Club: Wolves
Position: Defender

Had an impressive outing against Sunderland on Saturday, helping Wolves end their losing run, as well as keeping their first clean sheet in 31 games.
11  Jon WALTERS
Club: Stoke City
Position: Striker

Had a weekend of rest as Stoke City were not in action due to the FA Cup semi-finals. Having played almost every game for his club, he definitely needs it if he aims to start alongside Keane at Euro 2012.
12  Stephen KELLY
Club: Fulham
Position: Defender

Another player who received a well-earned rest at the weekend, Kelly has been in flying form at right-back for Fulham all season.
13  Kevin DOYLE
Club: Wolves
Position: Striker

Left on the bench once again by Terry Connor, Doyle must be now looking for a way out of relegated Wolves.

14 Shane LONG
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Striker

Came on for the last half hour against QPR and worked hard to impose himself on the game. However, he'll need to start the last few league games for the Baggies if he's to overtake Doyle and Walters in the rankings.
15 Darren O'DEA
Club: Leeds United (on loan from Celtic)
Position: Defender

Discipline has been O'Dea's big problem this season, and a red card against Blackpool in midweek saw his manager call him "irresponsible". Could hinder his chances of a permanent contract with the club.

16 Keith FAHEY
Club: Birmingham City
Position: Midfielder

Was taken off after just 36 minutes on Saturday, suffering a groin injury against Bristol City. Is a doubt for the Blues' game this weekend against Brighton.
17 Darron GIBSON
Club: Everton
Position: Midfielder

Performed adequately against Liverpool in the FA Cup, but knows he must do better if he's to take the place of Whelan or Andrews for his country.

18  Keiren WESTWOOD
Club: Sunderland
Position: Goalkeeper

Still behind Simon Mignolet in the pecking order at Sunderland, but will remain Ireland's number two for the Euros.
19  Stephen HUNT
Club: Wolves
Position: Winger

Aims to return before the end of the season after surgery to fix his hernia problem. However, his place is far from guaranteed thanks to James McClean's good form.

20 David FORDE
Club: Millwall
Position: Goalkeeper

Like Westwood, Forde is being left on the bench for his club. With Darron Randolph the first choice at Motherwell, Forde's place on the plane may be in jeopardy.
21 Simon COX
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Striker

Another weekend on the bench for West Brom, and with Andy Keogh on form in the Championship, Cox could also be in danger.
22 Paul GREEN
Club: Derby County
Position: Midfielder

Now a key part of the Derby County midfield. Could his consistency in the Championship see him make the final 23-man squad?
23 Kevin FOLEY
Club: Wolves
Position: Defender

Like Ward, he impressed for Wolves at the weekend. Saturday's performance should see him stay in the starting XI for their game against Manchester City.

Seamus Coleman - Everton - Winger - Looked a shadow of his former self in the Merseyside derby.

James McCarthy - Wigan - Midfielder -
Helped Wigan to a 2-1 win over Arsenal, moving his side five points clear of relegation.

James McClean - Sunderland - Winger - Should have done better early on against Wolves, but was silenced for a lot of the game.

Ciaran Clark - Aston Villa - Defender/ Midfielder - Back in action for Aston Villa, he could make himself a contender due to his versatility.

Damien Delaney - Ipswich - Defender - Will probably have to rely on injury to others to make the squad, but doing well club-wise.

Darren Randolph - Motherwell - Goalkeeper - Had a weekend off due to the Scottish Cup.

Andy Keogh - Millwall - Winger/Striker - Found the net again at the weekend. Could he be Ireland's fifth forward?

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