Derby County’s Richard Keogh, Cyrus Christie and Jeff Hendrick have been named in Republic of Ireland’s final 23-man squad for this summer’s UEFA European Championship finals.
The trio of Rams, Captained by Keogh, played the full 90 minutes of the Green Army's 2-1 defeat to Belarus last night - the country's final international friendly before the Euro 2016 Finals.
Hendrick, a Derby Academy graduate, has been a regular for Martin O’Neill’s side since breaking into the senior set up and has collected 21 caps for his country.
The 24-year-old midfielder also appeared on 36 occasions for the Rams over the course of the 2015/16 season.
Richard Keogh, the Derby Captain, like Hendrick played a key role in helping the Green Army secure their Euro 2016 berth, producing commanding performances at the heart of defence as Ireland defeated World Champions Germany and Bosnia & Herzegovina over two legs.
The 29-year-old, who featured in all 46 of the Rams’ league games over the past campaign, has featured 12 times for his country.
Finally, Christie, 23, will go toe-to-toe with Seamus Coleman for the right back spot in France this summer.
Having made 45 appearances for Derby this season, the young full back has broken back into the Republic of Ireland squad and will be looking to add to his five caps.
O’Neill’s side have been drawn in the same group as Italy, Belgium and Sweden in Group E and get their campaign underway against the latter on Monday 13 June, kick-off: 5pm.
Derby will also be represented by Chris Baird at this summer's Euro 2016 Finals after he was included in the Northern Ireland squad.
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