Since Martin O’Neill took over the reins back in November 2013, only three new faces David McGoldrick, Cyrus Christie and Harry Arter, have joined the ever aging squad.
The gaffer stated that he would welcome fresh talent and was looking for a new superstar to replace top scorer Robbie Keane.With just under two months until the Republic of Ireland face old foes England,we take a look at seven possible new inclusions to the Irish squad.
The Championship striker has been scouted by the FAI as a potential addition to O’Neill’s forward line. Although born in Coventry and despite representing England at under 21 level, Wilson can declare for the Republic through his grandparents.
The 23-year-old has been a regular in Eddie Howe’s squad and has scored 19 goals this season for promotion pushers Bournemouth. With his pace and eye for goal we think he would be a good inclusion to the Irish set up.
Another player on our list is Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford. On loan from Chelsea, the striker has impressed many people with his 17 goals this season.Having represented Ireland at under 18 level and England at under 21 level he still is eligible to play for the Irish national team through his grandparents.
At the age of 21 we believe Bamford could have a bright future with the boys and green and would be a suitable replacement for Keane.
Born in Birmingham,the 19-year-old has represented Ireland at under 17, 18 and 21 level.He was awarded the Irish Under 21 Player of the Year back in March.
The attacking midfielder has impressed in recent fixtures under new Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood, most noticeably in the FA Cup semi final against Liverpool.
With a bright future ahead, Grealish is still eligible to represent the three lions so brace yourself for a tug of war between the two nations.
Judge was once dubbed the ‘Irish Messi’ as he secured a lucrative move to then Premier League side Blackburn Rovers.
Having failed to make an impression at Blackburn as a youngster he had a stints at Notts County and again at Ewood Park.Since his move to London side Brentford in 2014, the midfielder has excelled with, most noticeably, a stunning free kick against Fulham in April.
With his skills and trickery on the ball we believe the Dubliner could catch the eye of Martin O’Neill ahead of the summer games.
Kavanagh started his career at Dublin schoolboy club Belvedere before getting a move to English side Fulham.
The defender impressed in many youth team fixtures for the west London club and has been a regular in the first team this season under manager Kit Symons.
The 21-year-old has a great future at left back a position that has plagued Ireland over years and we believe the player could get his chance to prove himself this summer.
Having started his career at the Arsenal academy, Hoban now plys his trade at Championship high flyers Watford.
The defender has been watched by the FAI and has impressed O’Neill and Keane on many occasions.Hoban declares for Ireland through his Dublin born mother and has already represented the boys in green at under 17, 19 and 21 level.
With fellow defender John O’Shea getting on in years and the retirement of Richard Dunne last summer, Hoban could get a chance to play against the country of his birth.
The last player on our list is Wolverhampton Wanderers centre back Richard Stearman. Although the oldest at 27, the 6 foot 2 inch defender has had a successful campaign with Kenny Jackett’s side.
Stearman declared for the Republic back in 2012 as he acquired an Irish passport through his Irish born grandparent.
Having experienced the Premier League in his early years, Stearman could bring great experience to the back line and be competition to the likes of Ciaran Clark and Richard Keogh.