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Newcastle 'keeper Elliot earns first Ireland call for World Cup qualifiers

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Noel King, interim Irish manager

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has received his first call-up to the Ireland squad ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Germany.

Elliot has been called in as a late replacement for injured Birmingham City keeper Darren Randolph who withdrew late on Saturday night with a shoulder injury.

Interim boss Noel King has finalised his 23 man squad for the final World Cup games away to Germany and home to Kazakhstan.

Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney is included after proving his fitness in playing 90 minutes in a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

But Jon Walters will be medically assessed at Stoke City before any decision is made on his availability.

Paul McShane, Stephen Quinn and Paul Green drop out from the provisional squad named by King but will remain on standby.

Ireland squad: David Forde (Millwall), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), Rob Elliot (Newcastle); Seamus Coleman (Everton), Stephen Kelly (Reading), Joey O’Brien (West Ham), Marc Wilson (Stoke City), Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace), Seán St Ledger (Leicester City), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa); Darron Gibson (Everton), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), James McCarthy (Everton), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Aiden McGeady   (Spartak Moscow), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City); Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Jon Walters (Stoke City), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

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