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Pearce overlooked for Republic Of Ireland

Despite scoring a goal on debut, Giovanni Trapattoni has overlooked Reading defender Alex Pearce for World Cup qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Germany.

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Have to say it's surprising to see Pearce overlooked for ireland after a good start to the season for Reading and an impressive debut for the national side against Oman.

It's even more ridiculous when you consider he's been overlooked for players such as former Royals loanee Darren O'Dea and fellow Championship defender Sean St Ledger.

Former Reading strikers Shane Long, Kevin Doyle and Simon Cox have all been included in the 23-man squad.