Everton midfielder James McCarthy is one of seven players who will miss Ireland’s World Cup Playoff against Denmark after Martin O’Neil reduced his preliminary squad down to 27 players. Derby County defender Richard Keogh and Preston North End striker Sean Maguire miss out through injury, while the quartet of David McGoldrick, Alan Browne, Daryl Hogan
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Christian Eriksen will lead the way in Denmark’s efforts to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia when they take on Ireland in the playoff. Age Hareide’s men finished 2nd in Group E to Poland, seeing off competition from Montenegro for the coveted play-off spot after it became apparent that direct qualification was out
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Eight second-best ranked teams from the nine groups of UEFA World Cup Qualifying will be placed into a Playoff Draw next Tuesday. Though the final eight are not yet confirmed with matches still to be played across Monday and Tuesday evening, we can begin to put the pieces of the puzzle that is November’s World
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