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Eileen Gleeson's Ireland squad for Albania ties is laced with quality

Republic of Ireland's Katie McCabe continues to captain the side
Republic of Ireland's Katie McCabe continues to captain the side Republic of Ireland's Katie McCabe continues to captain the side

REPUBLIC of Ireland women's interim head caoch Eileen Gleeson is without a whole host of players for UEFA Nations League back-to-back games with Albania - but her squad is still laced with plenty of quality.

Despite recording wins over Northern Ireland and Hungary last month, Gleeson is not tempted to turning her temporary post into a permanent one.

Injuries rule out World Cup duo Niamh Fahey and Ruesha Littlejohn while Aoife Mannion, Claire Walsh, Tara O'Hanlon, Roma McLaughlin, Jess Ziu and Leanne Kiernan are also on the absentee list for Friday week's home game with the Albanians at Tallaght Stadium and next Tuesday's return match .

Gleeson has called up in-form midfielder Erin McLaughlin, who last week helped Peamount United win the SSE Airtricity Women's Premier Division title, while Sinead Farrelly returns to the international set-up after injury ruled her out last month.

As ever, the squad is backboned by Katie McCabe, Denise O'Sullivan and Kyra Carusa. RTE will screen both Albania games 'live'.

Ireland women's senior squad for double-header against UEFA Nations League opponents Albania

Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (London City Lionesses), Sophie Whitehouse (Lewes)

Defenders: Caitlin Hayes (Celtic), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Diane Caldwell (FC Zurich), Claire O'Riordan (Standard Liege), Hayley Nolan (Crystal Palace), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City), Megan Campbell (Everton)

Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Lily Agg (Birmingham City), Megan Connolly (Bristol City), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Tyler Toland (Blackburn Rovers), Sinead Farrelly (NJ/NY Gotham), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Heather Payne (Everton), Izzy Atkinson (West Ham United)

Forwards: Kyra Carusa (San Diego Wave), Amber Barrett (Standard Liege), Abbie Larkin (Glasgow City), Saoirse Noonan (Durham WFC), Emily Whelan (Glasgow City), Erin McLaughlin (Peamount United)

Ireland's Kyra Taylor Carusa has been in fine goal-scoring form in the Nations League
Ireland's Kyra Taylor Carusa has been in fine goal-scoring form in the Nations League Ireland's Kyra Taylor Carusa has been in fine goal-scoring form in the Nations League