King finalises Ireland squad for Latvia and Poland friendlies

The Dubliner performed his last task as caretaker manager by cutting the provisional squad down to a panel of 27 players
Noel King has named the final Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly internationals with Latvia and Poland.

The Dubliner narrowed a provisional selection of 40 players to 27 ahead of Martin O'Neill's first game in charge of the Boys in Green. O'Neill and Keane will take charge of the squad on November 11, four days ahead of the Latvia friendly at the Aviva Stadium.

Stephen Ward returns to the Irish camp after being overlooked for last month's double-header with Germany and Kazakhstan. The 18-time international has not featured for the Boys in Green since taking to the pitch against Greece last year.

Reading defender Alex Pearce has also been included, while Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliott is retained ahead of Darren Randolph. Robbie Brady could feature in the friendlies after recovering from a hernia injury, but there is no room for Damien Delaney, who has an ankle injury.

Richard Dunne has been given time out to rest during the international window as he recovers from the groin injury that kept him sidelined for the 2012-13 season.

Republic of Ireland squad:
David Forde (Millwall), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), Rob Elliot (Newcastle), Sean St Ledger (Leicester City), Marc Wilson (Stoke City), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Reading), Stephen Kelly (Reading), Joey O’Brien (West Ham), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Stephen Ward (Brighton & Hove Albion), James McCarthy (Everton), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Paul Green (Leeds Utd), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City), James McClean (Wigan), Robbie Brady (Hull City), Stephen Quinn (Hull City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Jon Walters (Stoke City), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Anthony Stokes (Celtic).