Staunton to try new faces against San Marino
Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton has called up a number of inexperienced players for the Euro 2008 qualifying clash with San Marino on February 7.
Charlton reserve keeper Darren Randolph has been drafted in to take over from Newcastle's Shay Given who has been ruled out with a groin injury for the game at the Serravalle Stadium while Sheffield United's Paddy Kenny has asked not to be considered while he deals with personal problems.
Also out are Charlton's Andy Reid and Kevin Doyle of Reading, both with hamstring injuries.
However, their absences have presented an opportunity for a number of players following the B international against Scotland in November.
Randolph, Darron Gibson (Royal Antwerp), Andy Keogh, who has just joined Wolves from Scunthorpe, Stephen Hunt of Reading and Sunderland's Anthony Stokes have made the step up.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United's Stephen Quinn joins his brother Alan in the squad along with Reading's Shane Long for the match a week tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Ian Harte (Levante) and Newcastle's Stephen Carr return following injury.
Staunton said: 'It is up to them now to show me that they should be in the starting eleven.'