Long gets first Republic of Ireland call-up

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O'Neill acknowledged the 32-year-old is "in great form at the moment".

Burnley defender Kevin Long has spoken of his surprise at being named in Martin O'Neill's squad for the Republic of Ireland's June global friendlies against Mexico and Uruguay, and the World Cup qualifier with Austria.

Martin O'Neill has today named a 38-man squad for Ireland's three June fixtures: a couple of friendlies before the all-important visit of Austria.

Long was the only player in the squad to be called up for the first time, and he revealed it came as a surprise to him.

"He won't be too happy, but if I play a game he'll be all right", Long told Burnley's website. He's a player who has had a host of injuries - I will keep an eye on that - but Roy said not to discount him.

They then welcome Austria to Dublin on 11 June.

Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark misses out due to a knee injury and joins captain Seamus Coleman and midfielder David Meyler on the sidelines.

The Irish now sit second in Group D and are level on 11 points with table-topping Serbia, while Wales are four points back in third.

Ireland face Mexico at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on June 1 and Uruguay back in Dublin on June 4 before the qualifier at the Aviva Stadium on June 11. "It will give us a chance to get the players on the pitch and work together", said O'Neill.

"It's been a tough year but it's been a nice reward, getting a few games in towards the end of the season and I've really been enjoying it".

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, James McClean, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Conor Hourihane, Stephen Gleeson, Harry Arter, Eunan O'Kane, Liam Kelly, Darron Gibson, Wes Hoolahan, Daryl Horgan, Callum O'Dowda, Jonathan Hayes.

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