Long gets Ireland call
By Tony Scholes
Updated Thursday, 31st May 2012
The Republic of Ireland under-21s were beaten 2-1 by Denmark on Monday in a warm up game for their European qualifier against Italy and that's helped Kevin Long get a call up for the important game.
He's one of three players added to the squad, along with Watford's Sean Murray and Samir Carruthers of Aston Villa for the game that will be played at the Showgrounds, Sligo next Monday, kicking off at 3:00 p.m.
Seventeen of the squad of twenty play their football in England and Long will join up alongside Shane Duffy who was with the Clarets during the 2010/11 season on loan and Manchester City's Greg Cunningham who was close to joining us on loan last season.
Long is still to make a first team appearance for Burnley but has gained extensive Football League experience since October 2010 in three loan spells with Accrington Stanley and more recently with Rochdale.
Ireland's full squad is: Ian McLoughlin (MK Franchise), Aaron McCarey (Wolves), Mark Connolly (Unattached), Shane Duffy (Everton), Greg Cunningham (Manchester City), Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe), John Egan (Sunderland), Kevin Long (Burnley), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Eunan O'Kane (Torquay), Richie Towell (Unattached), Aidan White (Leeds), Conor Clifford (Chelsea), Conor Hourihane (Plymouth), Sean Murray (Watford), Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa), Ronan Murray (Ipswich), James Collins (Shrewsbury), Rhys Murphy (Unattached), Robbie Brady (Manchester United).