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McCarthy names initial squad of 39 for Croatia game

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DUBLIN, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Ireland manager Mick McCarthy named a preliminary squad of 39 on Thursday for a friendly against Croatia on August 15, a warm-up for his side's crucial World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands on September 1.

Uncapped Bohemians striker Glen Crowe, the Irish premier division's top scorer last season, is the only home-based player in the list, which will be whittled down to 22.

Also named is Sporting Lisbon defender Phil Babb, back in contention for the first time since being sent home as a disciplinary measure ahead of last September's clash with the Dutch in Amsterdam.

Ireland and the Netherlands meet in Dublin with defeat for either side likely to effectively end their chances of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup.

Goalkeepers: Alan Kelly (Blackburn Rovers); Shay Given (Newcastle United); Dean Kiely (Charlton Athletic); Nick Colgan (Hibernian)
Defenders: Gary Kelly (Leeds United); Stephen Staunton (Aston Villa); Ian Harte (Leeds United); Gary Breen (Coventry City); Richard Dunne (Manchester City); Kenny Cunningham (Wimbledon); Gary Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur); Stephen Carr (Tottenham Hotspur); Alan Maybury (Leeds United); Andy O'Brien (Newcastle United); John O'Shea (Manchester United); Barry Quinn (Coventry City); Phil Babb (Sporting Lisbon).
Midfielders: Roy Keane (Manchester United); Mark Kinsella (Charlton Athletic); Lee Carsley (Coventry City); Jason McAteer (Blackburn Rovers); Matt Holland (Ipswich Town); Kevin Kilbane (Sunderland); Steve Finnan (Fulham); Rory Delap (Southampton); Mark Kennedy (Wolverhampton Wanderers); Keith O'Neill (Middlesbrough); Stephen Reid (Millwall); Stephen McPhail (Leeds United); Graham Kavanagh (Cardiff City); Alan Mahon (Blackburn Rovers)
Forwards: Damien Duff (Blackburn Rovers); Gareth Farrelly (Bolton Wanderers); Niall Quinn (Sunderland); Robbie Keane (Leeds United); David Connolly (Wimbledon); Clinton Morrison (Crystal Palace); Dominic Foley (Watford); Glen Crowe (Bohemians).

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