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Euro 2012: Kevin Foley dropped from Republic of Ireland squad

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    <div class="track"><img alt="" src="" width="1" height="1" /></div><p class="standfirst">• Kevin Foley replaced with Paul McShane for Euro 2012<br />• 'I have had to make a tough decision,' says Trapattoni</p><p>Kevin Foley was heartbroken on Tuesday morning after Giovanni Trapattoni removed him from his 23-man Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2012 finals, even though he had returned to training and felt that he was over his hamstring injury. Paul McShane has been promoted from the standby pool in his stead and the versatile defender was named in the final 23 that Trapattoni submitted to Uefa.</p><p>Foley, who was in the original 23, found himself sacrificed after Trapattoni considered the fitness of some of his other defenders. The right-back John O'Shea is carrying an ankle injury while there have been knocks to and worries over the central defenders Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger and Darren O'Dea in recent days.</p><p>Unlike Foley, whom Trapattoni considers as a full-back, McShane can also provide cover in central defence and this appears to have swayed the manager's decision as he sought the optimum balance for the squad.</p><p>There was added irony in that McShane picked up a minor heel injury in Saturday's 1-0 friendly win over Bosnia-Herzegovina. Foley travelled with the squad to their training camp in Italy on Sunday and, having struggled with his hamstring problem last week, he trained with the group on Sunday and Monday.</p><p>"With the injuries that we experienced in the squad over the past week, I have had to make a tough decision when he comes to naming the 23 players that must be submitted to Uefa for the championship," Trapattoni said. "Although Kevin has been recovering well, I have made the difficult decision to leave him out of the 23-player list after completing fitness tests on John O'Shea and Paul McShane this morning. I have spoken to him and understand how difficult it is, saying that he can remain with the squad if he wishes."</p><p>Shay Given, who hurt his knee in training last Monday, is Trapattoni's other concern, although the goalkeeper has total confidence that he will prove his fitness. Trapattoni lost the midfielder Keith Fahey to a groin injury on Saturday and he replaced him with Paul Green.</p><h2>Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 squad</h2><p><strong>Goalkeepers:</strong> Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall).</p><p><strong>Defenders:</strong> John O'Shea (Sunderland), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Sean St Ledger (Leicester City), Darren O'Dea (Celtic), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Paul McShane (Hull City).</p><p><strong>Midfielders:</strong> Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Keith Andrews (West Bromwich Albion), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Darron Gibson (Everton), Paul Green (unattached), Damien Duff (Fulham), Stephen Hunt (Wolverhampton Wanderers), James McClean (Sunderland).</p><p><strong>Forwards: </strong>Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Simon Cox (West Bromwich Albion).</p><div class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><ul><li><a href="">Republic of Ireland</a></li><li><a href="">Euro 2012</a></li><li><a href="">Euro 2012 Group C</a></li><li><a href="">Giovanni Trapattoni</a></li><li><a href="">European football</a></li></ul></div><div class="author"><a href="">David Hytner</a></div><br/><div class="terms"><a href=""></a> &copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our <a href=",,933909,00.html">Terms & Conditions</a> | <a href="">More Feeds</a></div><p style="clear:both" />
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