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Revealed! Martin O'Neill names his starting XI for Sweden clash

Published 13/06/2016 | 15:57

Jonathan Walters of Republic of Ireland prior to the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France in Saint Denis, Paris, France. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Jonathan Walters of Republic of Ireland prior to the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France in Saint Denis, Paris, France. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has named his starting XI for his side's opening Euro 2016 encounter with Sweden at the Stade de France.

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Ciaran Clark is picked ahead of Richard Keogh and Shane Duffy to partner John O'Shea in central defence with Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady filling the full-back berths as expected.

O'Neill has opted for a diamond formation in midfield with James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, Jeff Hendrick and Wes Hoolahan operating in the engine room.

Jonathan Walters has recovered from an achilles problem to partner in-form Shane Long up front.

Sweden boss Erik Hamren drafted Martin Olsson and Victor Lindelof into the team which saw off Denmark in the play-offs with Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading his country into action once again.

Ireland: Randolph; Coleman, O’Shea, Clark, Brady; McCarthy, Whelan; Walters, Hoolahan, Hendrick; Long.

Sweden: Isaksson; Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Olsson; Larsson, Lewicki, Källström, Forsberg; Ibrahimovic, Berg.

#IRL Subs: Westwood, Given, Keogh, McGeady, Keane, McClean, Duffy, Christie, Ward, Meyler, Murphy, Quinn. #COYBIG

— FAIreland (@FAIreland) June 13, 2016

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