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Quinn handed plane ticket for France

1 June 2016

Republic of Ireland midfielder named in Martin O'Neill's 23-man squad

Royals midfielder Stephen Quinn has been named in Martin O'Neill's 23-man squad for the European Championships in France this summer - last night becoming the third member of the Reading squad to have their attendance at the tournament confirmed.

Ireland lost their final friendly at home to Belarus, although Quinn played no part in the game, and after the final whistle the Republic boss confirmed his squad for the Euros which included the former Sheffield United and Hull City man.

Quinn, who made 33 starts for Reading in his first season at Madejski Stadium, will now join Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood and Wales international Chris Gunter in France - both of whom were named in their respective squads in the last few days.

Ireland will now head out as a group and prepare for their first fixture in Group E, a meeting with Sweden in the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis on Monday 13th June.

They will then go on to battle it out for points with Belgium in Bordeaux on Saturday 18th June and then Italy at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille on Wednesday 22nd June.

Meanwhile Royals skipper Paul McShane was included in the initial Republic of Ireland group but, alongside former Royals Jonny Hayes and Alex Pearce, was placed on standby a little over a week ago.

Republic of Ireland 23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham), Shay Given (Stoke), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)

Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Derby), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Richard Keogh (Derby), Shane Duffy (Blackburn), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Stephen Ward (Burnley)

Midfielders: James McClean (West Brom), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Stephen Quinn (Reading), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), David Meyler (Hull City), Robbie Brady (Norwich), Aiden McGeady (Everton)

Forwards: Jon Walters (Stoke), Shane Long (Southampton), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich)

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