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Delaney Named In Ireland Squad

22 May 2013

Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad.

The centre-back has been a key part of the Eagles’ team that reached the Championship Play-Off Final and his form has been rewarded with an international call-up. 

Delaney was selected by Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni in an initial 28-man squad last Monday, ahead of friendlies with England, Georgia and Spain, as well as the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands. 

But the Italian has now whittled down his preliminary selection into a final 23-man party – and Delaney has made the cut. 

It means that the 31-year-old, who signed for Palace on a free transfer in August last year, could find himself playing at Wembley twice in three days. 

The Eagles face Watford there in the Championship Play-Off Final on Monday, before England entertain Ireland at the same ground on Wednesday 29th May.

Delaney, who has five Republic of Ireland caps under his belt, could also feature in their friendly with Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday 2nd June, before a World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands the following Friday. 

Ireland are then due to face reigning World and European Champions Spain, at the Yankee Stadium in New York on Tuesday 11th June. 

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