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Darren Randolph named in Republic of Ireland squad for UEFA Nations League double-header

Darren Randolph named in Republic of Ireland squad for UEFA Nations League double-header

 

West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Randolph has been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for their opening two 2020/21 UEFA Nations League fixtures.

Ireland, who will be managed by former long-serving Under-21 boss Stephen Kenny for the first time since he succeeded Mick McCarthy, are in League B Group 4 alongside Bulgaria, Finland and Wales.

The Boys in Green travel to Sofia to face Bulgaria on Thursday 3 September before welcoming Finland to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday 6 September.

The Nations League was introduced in 2018 as a means of giving all of UEFA's 55 member nations meaningful football to play in between major tournaments and qualifying competitions.

Ireland will hope to fare better than they did in their inaugural Nations League campaign, when they failed to win any of their four matches and finished bottom of League B Group 4 below Denmark and Wales.

Capped 42 times, Randolph started all four of those fixtures and has been Ireland's undisputed No1 goalkeeper since 2015.

The Bray-born 33-year-old will hope to help Kenny's squad qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals after they missed out on qualification for the re-arranged 2021 UEFA European Championship finals.