Callum O’Dowda: Republic of Ireland call up Bristol City winger for World Cup qualifiers | Football news

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Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda has been called up for the Republic of Ireland selection for the World Cup qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg.

O’Dowda, 26, receives his first call-up since March and joins Stephen Kenny in place of Cardiff City forward James Collins, who has been ruled out due to injury.

Collins, 30, was sidelined in Cardiff’s 2-1 win against Huddersfield in the Championship on Saturday due to a hand injury.

The Republic is fourth in their qualifying group for the 2022 World Cup, hoping to reach Qatar after winning just one of their six qualifiers so far.

Kenny’s men face Portugal at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday before heading to Luxembourg, which scored a surprise 1-0 win in the reverse match in March on Sunday night.

Thursday, November 11 7:30 p.m.

Starts at 7:45 pm


Sunday, November 14 7:30 p.m.

Starts at 7:45 pm


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Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Portsmouth, on loan from Manchester City), Mark Travers (Bournemouth).

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham), Ryan Manning (Swansea), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), James McClean (Wigan), Shane Duffy (Brighton), John Egan (Sheffield United), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich), Nathan Collins (Burnley).

Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Sheffield United, on loan from Aston Villa), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle), Jason Knight (Derby), Jayson Molumby (West Brom, on loan from Brighton), Alan Browne (Preston), Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren), Callum O’Dowda (City of Bristol).

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Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny explains the omission of Brighton forward Aaron Connolly from his team for the World Cup qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg.

Forward: Callum Robinson (West Brom), Troy Parrott (MK Dons, loan from Tottenham), Adam Idah (Norwich), Will Keane (Wigan), Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe).

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