Kieren Westwood named in Republic of Ireland squad

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper, Kieren Westwood, has been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for their three international games in June.

The former Manchester City player has earned 19 caps for Ireland, but there is a lot of competition for the gloves in the Republic squad.

“Westwood is in great form at the moment and the competition between the [keepers] is great for the squad,” manager Martin O’Neill told a press conference at the Aviva Stadium.

Republic have a game against Mexico in America, before returning to Dublin for fixtures with Uruguay and Austria – the latter being a qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Westwood is one of four goalkeepers named in the 37-man squad, alongside Colin Doyle, Rob Elliot and Darren Randolph.

This news comes off the back of Westwood winning Sheffield Wednesday’s Player of the Season award for a second time since he joined the club on a free from Sunderland in 2014.

He could be a Premier League player again by the time he jets off to the USA with his international colleagues, with the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final against Huddersfield coming up on Wednesday.

Westwood kept a clean sheet after starting the first leg at the John Smith’s Stadium, meaning the Owls return to Sheffield with a strong chance of qualifying for the Wembley showpiece on May 29.

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