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Robbie Keane heads final Irish roster
by Paul Kennedy, May 7th, 2012 11:34PM

TAGS:  england, european championship, germany, los angeles galaxy, netherlands


[EURO 2012 COUNTDOWN] Ireland became the first team to announce its 23-player squad for the European Championship. Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane heads the Irish squad.

Keane, the Ireland captain, and Spartak Moscow midfielder Aiden McGeady are the only players in Giovanni Trapattoni's squad who are not based on English clubs.

Ireland 23
Goalkeepers: David Forde (Millwall, England), Shay Given (Aston Villa, England), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland, England)
Defenders: Richard Dunne (Aston Villa, England), Kevin Foley (Wolves, England), Stephen Kelly (Fulham, England), Darren O'Dea (Leeds United, England), John O'Shea (Sunderland, England), Sean St. Ledger (Leicester City, England), Stephen Ward (Wolves, England)
Midfielders: Keith Andrews (West Bromwich, England), Damien Duff (Fulham, England), Keith Fahey (Birmingham City, England), Darron Gibson (Everton, England), Stephen Hunt (Wolves, England), James McClean (Sunderland, England), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City, England)
Forwards: Simon Cox (West Bromwich, England), Kevin Doyle (Wolves, England), Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy), Shane Long (West Bromwich, England), Jon Walters (Stoke City, England)
Germany included two uncapped players -- 18-year-old Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler and 20-year-old Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen -- in Coach Joachim Loew's 27-player squad headed for a weeklong training camp in Sardinia on Friday. A second training camp is scheduled to begin May 19 in southern France.

Germany 27
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia M'Gladbach), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders: Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Bor. Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal/ENG), Marcel Schmelzer (Bor. Dortmund).
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Bor. Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Mario Goetze (Bor. Dortmund), Ilkay Guendogan (Bor. Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid/SPA), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid/SPA), Lukas Podolski (FC Cologne), Marco Reus (Bor. M'Gadbach), Andre Schuerrle (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).
Forwards: Cacau (VfB Stuttgart), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Lazio/ITA).
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk named a preliminary squad of 36 players for Euro 2012 that he will trim down to 27 players after a two-day training camp in Hoenderloo on May 14-15. The deadline for all teams to submit their 23-player lists is May 29.

The squad includes seven based in the English Premier League. There are eight uncapped players headed to the training camp. But such is the depth of the Dutch squad that there was no room for Heerenveen's Bas Dost, who led the Eredivisie with 32 goals in 25 games.

Netherlands 36
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle United/ENG), Erwin Mulder (Feyenoord), Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma/ITA), Michel Vorm (Swansea City/WAL)
Defenders: Vurnon Anita (Ajax), Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart/GER), Wilfred Bouma (PSV), Alexander Buttner (Vitesse), John Heitinga (Everton/ENG), Hedwiges Maduro (Valencia/SPA), Joris Mathijsen (Malaga/SPA), Nick Viergever (AZ), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax), Jetro Willems (PSV)
Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona/ESP), Mark van Bommel (AC Milan/ITA), Urby Emanuelson (AC Milan/ITA), Nigel de Jong (Man. City/ENG), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Adam Maher (AZ), Stijn Schaars (Sporting/POR), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan/ITA), Kevin Strootman (PSV), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham/ENG)
Forwards: Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke/GER), Ola John (FC Twente), Luuk de Jong (FC Twente), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool/ENG), Jeremain Lens (PSV), Luciano Narsingh (Heerenveen), Robin van Persie (Arsenal/ENG), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/GER).

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