Stephen Ward starts at left-back for Germany clash with Daryl Murphy up front
Published 08/10/2015 | 18:44
Daryl Murphy is the man chosen by Martin O'Neill to replace Robbie Keane in the Ireland line-up to face Germany in tonight's crucial Euro 2016 qualifier.
Keane was late joining up with the squad after his wife gave birth to their second child, and the Ireland captain will start on the bench.
With Seamus Coleman on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, Burnley defender Stephen Ward comes into the side in his place.
Stephen Ward has only played one game for Burnley this season, the 1-0 League Cup defeat to Port Vale
Ireland are without Glen Whelan and James McClean due to suspension, but fans will be boosted by the selection of Wes Hoolahan, who had been a slight doubt during the week.
Germany have named a very strong side for tonight's game, with an attacking trio of Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus and Mario Gotze playing behind Thomas Muller.
Ireland team to play Germany: Shay Given; Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, John O Shea, Stephen Ward; Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, Wes Hoolahan, Jonathan Walters, Daryl Murphy.
Germany team to play Ireland: Manuel Neuer; Mathias Ginter, Jermome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Hector; Mesut Özil, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gündogan, Marco Reus; Mario Götze, Thomas Müller.
Here is some of the reaction to Martin O'Neill's team
Stephen Ward & Cyrus Christie are the Irish full backs. Eeeek— Dodge (@seidodge) October 8, 2015
Shane Long needs to drop down to the Championship if he hopes to ever get a game #IREvGER— Eamon Kelly (@eamonkelly) October 8, 2015
Shane Long's failure to establish himself as a starter is one of the great recurring themes of the last five years or so of Irish football— Neil O'Riordan (@noriordan) October 8, 2015
You have to feel sorry for Shane Long at this stage. I hope Ireland win but that team selection makes me feel like it will be a disaster— Padraig Amond (@padraigamond21) October 8, 2015
Shane Long must wonder what he has to do to get in ROI team - play more for @SouthamptonFC would help. Even so, his omission is curious.— Philip Quinn (@Quinner61) October 8, 2015
Stephen Ward hasn't played a single minute in the league all season, he's probably as surprised as everyone else— Nathan Murphy (@nathanmurf) October 8, 2015
Ireland be like pic.twitter.com/PAlIw04CjC— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) October 8, 2015
Stephen ward!,Germany will have a field day!— Paul keohane (@paulkeohane1) October 8, 2015