Ireland has announced it’s 23-woman squad for the upcoming Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand has been announced.
This morning, manager Vera Pauw revealed to the public which players would travel to Ireland's base in Brisbane.
All 31 players in the preliminary squad were yesterday told whether they would be travelling.
Here they are!
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Injuries meant that Pauw had to redesign the Irish defence as both Liverpool wing-back Megan Campbell and Manchester United centre-half Aoife Mannion did not recover in time.
The FAI also revealed that Liverpool striker Leanne Kiernan has been omitted from the team, and will not be one of the three extra players that will travel as injury backup.
Blues duo Jamie Finn and Harriet Scott from Birmingham City are on standby for the squad ahead of the opener against co-hosts Australia on July 20.
Finn's exclusion from the main squad is a surprise considering she was a prominent figure in the qualification campaign – she is known for her versatility in midfield and at wing back and she started the famous qualifying win against Scotland.
If a FIFA medic verifies one of the players to be unfit, Harriett Scott and Finn may then be promoted from standby.
Abbie Larkin has taken a position among the forwards after both Leanne Kiernan and Saoirse Noonan missed out on a spot.
The final squad:
Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan, Grace Moloney, Megan Walsh
Defenders: Heather Payne, Niamh Fahey, Louise Quinn, Izzy Atkinson, Diane Caldwell, Chloe Mustaki, Claire O’Riordan, Aine O’Gorman
Midfielders: Megan Connolly, Lucy Quinn, Katie McCabe, Denise O’Sullivan, Ruesha Littlejohn, Lily Agg, Sinead Farrelly, Ciara Grant
Forwards: Marissa Sheva, Amber Barrett, Kyra Carusa, Abbie Larkin
Main image shows Leanne Kiernan during a Republic of Ireland training session at UCD Bowl in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile