Seamus Coleman returns to Republic of Ireland squad

8 March 2018, 12:15

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly against Turkey later this month following his recovery from a long-term injury.

Coleman suffered a double leg fracture playing for the Republic against Wales in March 2017 but, after proving his fitness having played three times for Sam Allardyce's side since the turn of the year, he will return to the international fold, hoping to feature in Antalya on March 23.

The Football Association of Ireland announced the news in a tweet which said: "Welcome back, Seamus Coleman! The Ireland captain returns from injury to take his place in the squad for the game against Turkey!"

Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has also called up five uncapped players, including West Ham defender Declan Rice, Manchester United goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara and Sheffield United left-back Enda Stevens.

Blackburn duo Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams are also named in the 30-man squad.

Republic of Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers: Rob Elliot, Colin Doyle, Kieran O'Hara, Keiren Westwood

Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, Matt Doherty, Declan Rice, John Egan, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Kevin Long, Alex Pearce, Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams, Greg Cunningham, Enda Stevens

Midfielders: Alan Judge, Conor Hourihane, Jeff Hendrick, Harry Arter, David Meyler, Eunan O'Kane, Liam Kelly, Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan, James McClean

Forwards: Shane Long, Scott Hogan, Sean Maguire.