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How have Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man squad and five reserves been playing, and who looks likely to make the starting eleven in Poland?

ANALYSIS
By Ronan Murphy

Giovanni Trapattoni named his Ireland squad for Euro 2012 on Monday. With that speculation now over, Irish fans can now turn their attention to the finals themselves, and try to second guess Trap's starting 11. Here we profile how the squad members have been performing this week for their clubs in the run up to the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

  Shay GIVEN
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Goalkeeper

Helped Aston Villa stay afloat with a key save against Tottenham's Gareth Bale. Given has been consistent between the sticks helping to keep Villa in the Premier League next season.
Keiren WESTWOOD
Club: Sunderland
Position: Goalkeeper

Kept his spot on the Sunderland bench despite the return of Simon Mignolet, Westwood will be hoping for some first team action in Ireland's warm-up friendlies.
David FORDE
Club: Millwall
Position: Goalkeeper

Forde has played much more recently than Westwood, but if anything happens to Given between now and Euro 2012, the Sunderland man will get the nod. Likely to be a bench warmer in Poland too.
  Richard DUNNE
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Defender

Gave away a silly penalty against Spurs but more importantly played another 90 minutes and should be fully fit for Euro 2012.

Sean ST LEDGER
Club: Leicester City
Position: Defender

Trapattoni admitted that he is not worried about St Ledger's position at Leicester, where he was in and out of the starting 11. Likely to partner Dunne in defence.


Darren O'DEA
Club: Celtic
Position: Defender

A back-up for Dunne and St Ledger, but with yellow cards and suspensions likely, O'Dea should get at least one run out at Euro 2012. Should be on the move clubwise after the tournament, so will hope to impress.
  John O'SHEA
Club: Sunderland
Position: Defender

Sent out a warning signal to old club Manchester United ahead of their meeting this Sunday, and could hinder United's last day title hopes.
  Stephen WARD
Club: Wolves
Position: Defender

Another clean sheet for Wolves, as Ward's side are finally starting to maintain some sort of form. However, Championship football beckons.
Stephen KELLY
Club: Fulham
Position: Defender

Helped Fulham to a 2-1 win over Sunderland, and should be their first choice right back next season after a wonderful campaign. Could also force his way into Trap's plans ahead of Euro 2012 too.
Kevin FOLEY
Club: Wolves
Position: Defender

Made the 23-man squad due to his ability to play in a number of positions, but is currently recovering from a hamstring problem. Could be fit for Sunday's Premier League game.
  Keith ANDREWS
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Midfielder

Back in the starting lineup for West Brom, and will be hoping to impress Roy Hodgson's replacement during the summer. Key to Ireland's chances, and should start all three games.
Glenn WHELAN
Club: Stoke City
Position: Midfielder

Was a first choice midfielder for Stoke City all season, and will be the same for Trap in Poland. Whelan played all the qualifiers, so it's hard to see anyone taking his place.



Keith FAHEY
Club: Birmingham City
Position: Midfielder

Fahey is the biggest injury worry for Ireland at the moment, and with Paul Green on standby, Irish fans will be hoping the Birmingham City midfielder can recover from his groin problem.
Darron GIBSON
Club: Everton
Position: Midfielder

Missed last weekend's Wolves game with a slight knock but should return to action with Everton on Sunday. His move away from Manchester United paid off, as he probably would not have made the 23-man squad as an Old Trafford benchwarmer.
Damien DUFF
Club: Fulham
Position: Winger

Put in an energetic performance to help Fulham beat Sunderland and could help the Cottagers to a top seven finish this weekend.
Aiden McGEADY
Club: Spartak Moscow
Position: Winger

The Russian Premier League season also comes to an end this weekend, and McGeady's Spartak sit just one point behind rivals CSKA Moscow in the race for a Champions League spot. Was one of the standout performers in last week's 3-2 win at Zenit St Petersburg.
Stephen HUNT
Club: Wolves
Position: Winger

Returned to action with Wolves last weekend after a long spell on the sidelines with a hernia problem. Hunt played all 90 minutes and should be fit for Euro 2012.

James McCLEAN
Club: Sunderland
Position: Winger

McClean's inclusion wasn't a surprise after Trap's "90-99 per cent" announcement and it shows the manager isn't as conservative as many think.
Robbie KEANE
Club: Los Angeles Galaxy
Position: Striker
 
Kept out by fellow Irishman Ryan Meara in LA Galaxy's 1-0 loss to New York Red Bulls on Saturday, Keane will be hoping to find the net again before joining up with the Irish squad.

Kevin DOYLE
Club: Wolves
Position: Striker

Doyle played the full 90 minutes for Wolves, but seems to have lost his scoring touch recently. Could find himself watching on from the bench at Euro 2012.

Shane LONG
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Striker

Was unlucky not to return to the scoresheet against Bolton, seeing his shot deflected onto the post. Battled hard and tracked back well.
Jon WALTERS
Club: Stoke City
Position: Striker

The big man started and finished another game for Stoke, but his goalless streak now stretches to 15 games.
Simon COX
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Striker


Came off the bench to set up WBA's late equaliser with a fantastic cross, Cox's ability to play out wide was one of the reasons he made the squad. Likely to be given a chance in one of the warm-up games.

Darren Randolph - Motherwell - Goalkeeper - Kept a clean sheet against Rangers, pulling off a number of key saves.

Paul McShane - Crystal Palace - Defender - Despite being out of the last few Ireland squads, McShane edged out Damien Delaney as defensive cover.

Paul Green - Derby County - Midfielder - Green is having a good season at Derby after coming back from injury, and could receive a call-up if Fahey doesn't regain fitness.

Seamus Coleman - Everton - Winger - Disappointed not to have made the squad, but after a mediocre season at club level, it's not a shock.

Andy Keogh - Millwall - Winger/Striker - Keogh was included in Ireland squads when off-form, but now he's scoring left, right, and centre, he's been left out.

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