Thursday 24 August 2017

Ireland team v Italy revealed: Martin O'Neill makes four changes for crunch clash

A general view at the Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Lille, France
A general view at the Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Lille, France

Martin O'Neill has axed four players for Ireland's crunch Euro 2016 clash against Italy.

John O'Shea and Ciaran Clark are replaced by Shane Duffy and Richard Keogh at centre half while Jeff Hendrick will play in centre midfield alongside James McCarthy while Glenn Whelan drops to the bench.

James McClean makes his first start on the right wing and Daryl Murphy will partner Shane Long up top with Wes Hoolahan dropping out.

Only a win will do the Boys In Green if we are to qualify for the last 16 of the competition.

IRELAND: Randolph, Coleman, Keogh, Duffy, Ward; McClean, Hendrick, McCarthy, Brady, Long, Murphy.

ITALY: Sirigu, De Sciglio, Ogbonna, Zaza, Florenzi, Motta, Immobile, Sturaro, Barzagli, Bonucci (c), Bernardeschi.

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