Ireland drops six starters for NY friendly versus Spain
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ireland has cut eight players from its squad for Tuesday night's friendly against world and European champion Spain at Yankee Stadium.
Six starters from last week's 3-0 win over the Faeroe Islands in a World Cup qualifier at Dublin were dropped.
The Irish FA said defenders John O'Shea (death of uncle) and Jonathan Walters (knee), and midfielders Wes Hoolahan (foot), Aiden McGeady (wedding), Glen Whelan (rest) and Marc Wilson (surgery) will miss the match.
Also missing the game will be goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and defender Richard Dunne (discussions on club future).
Four players who didn't make the squad Friday are in the 19-man list: goalkeeper Aaron McCarey, defender Richard Keogh, midfielders James McCarthy and David Meyler.
Spain, which beat Ireland 4-0 at last year's European Championship, has a full-strength team ahead of the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
The revised squad:
Goalkeepers: David Forde (Millwall), Aaron McCarey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace), Stephen Kelly (Reading), Richard Keogh (Derby), Paul McShane (Hull), Darren O'Dea (Toronto), Sean St. Ledger (Leicester).
Midfielders: Jeff Hendrick (Derby), James McClean (Sunderland), James McCarthy (Wigan), David Meyler (Hull), Stephen Quinn (Hull).
Forwards: Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest), Robbie Keane (Los Angeles), Andy Keogh (Millwall), Conor Sammon (Derby).
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