Byrne gets the nod as Kenny names 25 man squad for Slovakia 4 months ago

Byrne gets the nod as Kenny names 25 man squad for Slovakia

It's win-or-bust, make-or-break.

On Thursday next, Stephen Kenny's Ireland side will face into their most important test yet, with their Euro 2020 hopes on the line in Bratislava where they take on Slovakia in the play-off semi-final.

On the back of a pair of underwhelming showings against Bulgaria and Finland, Kenny will be hoping for an improvement from his squad and he's called on 24 men to get the job done.

The same 24 will also represent their country in the upcoming Nations League matches against Wales and Finland which take place on October 11 and October 14.

On the back of some impressive showings from Jack Byrne for Shamrock Rovers , there has been some appetite for fresh faces in the green jersey and Kenny has added the League of Ireland star to the fray.

Those who can consider themselves unlcuky to miss out include Burnley's Jimmy Dunne, Southampton's Michael Obafemi and West Brom's Dara O'Shea while Troy Parrott is out with an injury.

None the less, here are the 24 men tasked with sealing Ireland's place in what could be a couple of home Euro championship games.

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Ireland squad

Goalkeepers
Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (Bournemouth)

Defenders
Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Shane Duffy (Celtic, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers)

Midfielders
Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jayson Molumby (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers), Robbie Brady (Burnley)

Forwards
Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Shane Long (Southampton).