The Boys in Green lead the way, being the first team to announce their 23-man roster for the Euro2012 tournament that starts in less than a month. (Stay tuned for the fantasy bracket challenge!) Soccernet has a nice breakdown of the players included and omitted as well as how the players will fit into Trapattoni's scheme. Ireland was drawn into Pool C, with Spain, Italy and Croatia, a quality group of teams for sure. But, as Trap says in the article, "I think my colleagues respect us. In Italy and also Croatia the managers there say Ireland is a strong team with a strong mentality. I don’t think any of my colleagues would be arrogant enough to think they are superior.” There were a few interesting omissions, but I am exciting to see what Aiden McGeady can do and Robbie Keane is always a relentless worker and goal poacher.
Keepers: Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall)
Defenders: John O'Shea (Sunderland), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Wolves), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Sean St Ledger (Leicester), Darren O'Dea (Leeds), Kevin Foley (Wolves)
Midfielders: Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Keith Andrews (West Brom), Keith Fahey (Birmingham), Darron Gibson (Everton), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolves), James McClean (Sunderland)
Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long, Simon Cox (both West Brom), Jon Walters (Stoke).
Stand-by: Darren Randolph (Motherwell), Paul McShane (Crystal Palace), Paul Green (Unattached), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Andy Keogh (Millwall).