Wednesday 23 August 2017

Martin O'Neill names unchanged team for Ireland's crunch clash with France

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Martin O'Neill has named an unchanged team for Ireland's last 16 tie with France in Lyon this afternoon.

The Ireland manager surprised people by bringing in four new faces for Ireland's group decider against Italy in Lille last Wednesday night, with Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy, Daryl Murphy and James McClean coming into the side.

Martin O'Neill was obviously pleased with the team's performance in beating Italy 1-0 because he has opted for the exact same line-up again.

That means that there is no place for stalwart John O'Shea or magician Wes Hoolahan as O'Neill plots a way into the quarter-final.

Ireland v France: Randolph, Coleman, Keogh, Duffy, Ward; McCarthy, Brady; Long, Hendrick, McClean; Murphy

France: Lloris, Evra, Rami, Kante, Griezmann, Payet, Giroud, Matuidi, Pogba, Sagna, Koscielny.

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