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O’Malley named in final Irish squad ahead of France friendly


Ger Flanagan

FORMER Westport United goalkeeper Conor O’Malley is inline to earn his first international cap for the Republic of Ireland after being included in Martin O’Neill’s final squad ahead of two upcoming friendlies.
The Republic of Ireland are set to face France on Monday night in the Stade de France and will face the USA on Saturday, June 2 in the Aviva Stadium.
The Carrowkennedy native appeared off the bench in the 59th minute in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with Celtic in what was Scott Brown’s Testimonial last week. But under FIFA rules, an official cap cannot be awarded for an appearance in such a match.
The Peterborough United star has today reported to the Republic of Ireland team base in Dublin where he is expected to meet up with the rest of his international teammates before flying to Saint-Denis for the first of the two friendlies.
O’Malley will be keen to make an impression and earn his first senior cap ahead of the UEFA Nations League that begins in September and there will be huge local interest around the two friendlies, particularly in the Aviva.
The Parisian based game is expected to be a sell out as Didier Deschamps puts the final touches to his French squad ahead of the start of their World Cup Russia campaign next month.
O’Malley could potentially face players such as PSG’s Kylian Mbappé, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté and Athletic Madrid star Antoine Griezman.

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