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Steven Reid and Steve Finnan have both been left out of the Republic of Ireland squad for the World Cup play-off against France.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni left out Blackburn midfielder Reid and Portsmouth defender Finnan along with  Sunderland's Andy Reid and Coventry's Clinton Morrison have also been left out.

"This team now is balanced. It is not the time to change the team now. We have a mentality," said Trapattoni.

"We performed strongly throughout the qualifying group stages," he said.

"We were undefeated in all 10 games and this is a reflection of how we have played and also the mental strength of this team."

"France have a strong squad but we go into this play-off knowing that we are only 180 minutes away from qualifying for the World Cup."

Republic of Ireland squad: Given (Man City), Westwood (Coventry), Murphy (Scunthorpe), O'Shea (Man Utd), Dunne (Villa), Kelly (Fulham), Kilbane (Hull), Nolan (Preston), St Ledger (Middlesbrough), McShane (Hull), O'Dea (Reading), McGeady (Celtic), Duff (Fulham), Gibson (Man Utd), Whelan (Stoke), Andrews (Blackburn), Miller (Hibernian), Hunt (Hull), Keogh (Wolves), Lawrence (Stoke), Doyle (Wolves), Keane (Tottenham), Long (Reading), Best (Coventry), Stokes (Hibernian).