Captain Robbie Keane has retained his place in the Ireland squad for next month's 2012 European Championship qualifiers despite moving to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The striker will travel back from the United States for the Sept. 2 home match against Slovakia and the trip to Moscow to play Russia four days later.

Ireland tops Group B on goal difference ahead of Russia and Slovakia.

James McCarthy, Marc Wilson and Jon Walters have been dropped after not reporting for duty for a friendly tournament in May and then withdrawing from the squad for the match against Croatia earlier this month.

Coach Giovanni Trapattoni expects players to link up with the squad even if they are injured so they can be assessed by Ireland's medical staff.