Whelan gets nod for Euros

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Former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Glenn Whelan is in Ireland’s squad for the European championships.

Whelan, who moved to Premier League Stoke City four years ago, has 37 caps for the Republic, having scored two goals.

He was the Owls player of the Year in 2007 and was man of the match in the 2005 League One play-off final win over Hartlepool.

However, Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni decided not to take a risk on the fitness of Kevin Foley.

The Wolves defender has spent the last week desperately trying to shake off a hamstring injury and trained with his team-mates in Borgo A Buggiano on Monday but his name was not among the 23 submitted to UEFA yesterday when the final squad was confirmed with 24th man Paul McShane getting the nod

Squad: 1 Shay Given, 2 Sean St Ledger, 3 Stephen Ward, 4 John O’Shea, 5 Richard Dunne, 6 Glenn Whelan, 7 Aiden McGeady, 8 Keith Andrews, 9 Kevin Doyle, 10 Robbie Keane, 11 Damien Duff, 12 Stephen Kelly, 13 Paul McShane, 14 Jonathan Walters, 15 Darron Gibson, 16 Keiren Westwood, 17 Stephen Hunt, 18 Darren O’Dea, 19 Shane Long, 20 Simon Cox, 21 Paul Green, 22 James McClean, 23 David Forde.