Stephanie Roche back in Ireland squad for World Cup qualifier

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Stephanie Roche has been recalled to the Ireland squad, as Vera Pauw named her 27-player panel for this month’s World Cup qualifier against Georgia.

anchester United’s Diane Caldwell returns to the squad from injury, while there is also a first call-up for Durham goalkeeper Naoisha McAloon.

Wexford Youths’ Aoibheann Clancy and Ellen Molloy both miss out due to their Leaving Certificate exams, as the squad leave for a training camp in Turkey this afternoon.

Pauw’s side will take on the Philippines in a friendly on June 19 before the rearranged World Cup qualifier takes place in Tbilisi on June 27. Ireland hosted Georgia last November, winning 11-0 in Tallaght Stadium.

Republic of Ireland WNT Squad

Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion), Grace Moloney (Reading), Naoisha McAloon (Durham)

Defenders: Jess Ziu (Shelbourne), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Diane Caldwell (Manchester United), Claire O’Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Jessie Stapleton (Shelbourne), Éabha O’Mahony (Boston College), Áine O’Gorman (Peamount United), Chloe Mustaki (Shelbourne)

Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Lily Agg (London City Lionesses), Roma McLaughlin (Connecticut Fusion), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City)

Forwards: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Abbie Larkin (Shelbourne), Stephanie Roche (Peamount United), Saoirse Noonan (Shelbourne)



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