first_imgKenny has named a 26-man squad this month’s international fixtures which see them face England in a friendly clash at Wembley next Thursday night before taking on Wales and Bulgaria in the UEFA Nations League.Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman returns to the squad after the Everton right-back was ruled out of the October international break with a hamstring injury.Tottenham forward Troy Parrott, who is on loan at Championship club Millwall, does not feature as he continues to recover from an ankle injury, while Southampton’s Shane Long and Preston striker Sean Maguire are also not named.- Advertisement – Midfielder Jack Byrne, part of the Shamrock Rovers squad crowned League of Ireland champions last week, is also included after he tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty for their triple-header against Slovakia, Wales and Finland last month.Former Ireland U21 captain Josh Cullen is also overlooked, having made three appearances for Anderlecht since his move from West Ham last month.Ireland are yet to win under Kenny’s tenure and have scored just one goal in his first five fixtures in charge.- Advertisement – Republic of Ireland squad in full:Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Caoimhín Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth).Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Shane Duffy (Celtic, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion).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 and Hove Albion), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers).Forwards: Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Adam Idah (Norwich City), James Collins (Luton Town), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers). Luton Town striker James Collins has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time under manager Stephen Kenny.Collins, who scored on his full international debut in a 3-1 win against Bulgaria last year, is named among the attacking options following the international retirement of Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_imgFoden shines as Sane returns Foden made the most of his chance to start as the 20-year-old opened the floodgates with a sweet strike from outside the box.Mahrez then killed the game as a contest before half-time as the Algerian left Charlie Taylor trailing on the floor before firing into the far corner on his weaker right foot.VAR awarded Mahrez the chance to double his tally from the penalty spot after Ben Mee caught Sergio Aguero, forcing the Argentine striker off injured.Retaining their Premier League title may be beyond City, but Guardiola’s men still have the chance to add the FA Cup and Champions League to the League Cup they won in March.The fierce competition for places appears to be having an effect as there was no let-up after the break.Bernardo Silva’s low cross was turned home by his namesake David for the hosts’ fourth.Foden then rounded off the scoring at the far post after Gabriel Jesus failed to convert David Silva’s cross.There was another positive for City as Leroy Sane replaced Foden for the final 10 minutes to make his first appearance since suffering cruciate knee ligament damage in August.The German international seems certain to leave the club at the end of the season after rejecting a new contract amid interest from Bayern Munich.But Sane could still have a part to play in City’s quest for a cup treble before the end of the campaign. Dyche has been left frustrated by the Burnley board’s refusal to extend contracts of five players who are out of contract at the end of the month.Injuries to Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood and Johann Berg Gudmundsson meant Dyche could name just seven of a possible nine substitutes.Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were among those kept in reserve for City’s trip to Chelsea on Thursday. Manchester City thrashed Burnley 5-0 at an empty Etihad to ensure Liverpool will not be able to clinch the Premier League title when they face Crystal Palace on Wednesday.Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez scored twice, while David Silva grabbed what could prove his final City goal to cut the gap at the top to 20 points.A bad night for Burnley on the field was compounded by a banner flown over the stadium at the start of the match reading: “White lives matter Burnley”. Black Lives Matter was printed on the back of all shirts for the first 12 matches of the Premier League restart.Players, coaches and referees have also taken a knee before kick-off in every match to show their support for the fight against racial injustice.In a statement, Burnley said: “Those responsible are not welcome at Turf Moor. This, in no way, represents what Burnley Football Club stands for.”The disparity of resources between the sides was shown even before kick-off as Burnley boss Sean Dyche could not even fill his bench, while Pep Guardiola was able to make eight changes from a 3-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday. Topics :last_img read more

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