Kevin Doyle and Richard Dunne are the surprise omissions from Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly against Wales in Cardiff next month.
Doyle’s status as a first-choice starter for Ireland has slipped in the last 12 months, but the Wolves marksman will be surprised to miss out on a place in an extended 26-man squad named by Trapattoni.
Meanwhile, Dunne has not been called up despite securing a move to Queens Park Rangers and making his international comeback in the game against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in May.
Trapattoni did find room for the Hull City quartet of Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler and Paul McShane as they prepare for life in the Premier League next season, while skipper Robbie Keane has been rested for the friendly game.
“This fixture will allow us one more opportunity to prepare for the important World Cup qualifiers in September,” Trapattoni said.
“We will use this time to experiment and develop confidence ahead of the games. I am looking forward to assembling the squad in Cardiff on August 11.”
Ireland’s World Cup qualification hopes for Brazil 2014 are likely to be decided by two crucial ties against Sweden and Austria in September.
Ireland squad to play Wales in Cardiff on August 15:
Forde, Westwood, Randolph, O’Shea, St Ledger, Wilson, Coleman, Kelly, O’Dea, Clark, McShane, Whelan, McCarthy, Green, Hendrick, McGeady, Pilkington, McClean, Brady, Meyler, Quinn, Hoolahan, Long, Sammon, Walters, Cox.