Long and Obafemi named in provisional Ireland squad

By SFC Media time Fri 16 Aug International
Photo by David Maher | Getty Images

Southampton strikers Shane Long and Michael Obafemi have both been named in the provisional Republic of Ireland squad for their upcoming fixtures against Switzerland and Bulgaria.

Mick McCarthy’s men host Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday 5th September (7.45pm BST) in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, before taking on Bulgaria at home five days later in an international friendly.

Ireland sit top of Group D in Euro 2020 qualification, having won three and drawn one of their four games so far.

In the last round of matches, Shane Duffy’s late equaliser cancelled out Saints’ skipper Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s strike to earn a 1-1 draw in Denmark, before a 2-0 home success over Gibraltar.

Long, who was forced to withdraw from those games with a hamstring injury, will be hoping to make his 83rd appearance in green and white.

Obafemi became the first player born this century to be capped by Republic of Ireland back in November 2018, when he was used as a late substitute in a Nations League draw against Denmark.

Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - League B - Group 4 - Denmark v Republic of Ireland - Ceres Park, Aarhus, Denmark - November 19, 2018  Republic of Ireland's Michael Obafemi comes on as a substitute to replace Callum O'Dowda          Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Michael Obafemi makes his debut against Denmark in 2018

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