O’Neill calls West Ham youngster Rice & Cork City duo into Ireland squad

Martin O’Neill has added West Ham defender Declan Rice to the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of games against Mexico, Uruguay and Austria.

The 18-year-old, who made his debut for the Hammers in the final game of the season against Burnley on Sunday, has represented his country at Under-19 level and is the Ireland U-17 Player of the Year.

Rice, who is the captain of West Ham’s U-23 team, follows Preston North End midfielder Alan Browne in making the step up from youth level into the senior set-up.


As well as Rice, the FAI has announced that Cork City goalkeepers Mark McNulty and Alan Smith will join the Boys in Green squad for their training camp at Fota Island.

Darren Randolph, Keiren Westwood, Colin Doyle and Rob Elliot will not take part in the training camp, so McNulty and Smith will aid the Ireland squad in their preparation.

O’Neill’s team play two friendlies against Mexico (June 1) and Uruguay (June 4)  in New Jersey and Dublin respectively, before hosting Austria at Lansdowne Road in a crucial 2018 World Cup qualification fixture.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND TRAINING SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Mark McNulty, Alan Smith (Cork City)

Defenders: Cyrus Christie, Alex Pearce, Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Andy Boyle (Preston North End), Kevin Long (Burnley) Declan Rice (West Ham United), John Egan (Brentford)

Midfielders: Eunan O’Kane (Leeds United), Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City)

Forwards: David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town), Daryl Murphy (Newcastle United)

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