Wednesday 7 December 2016

Alan Judge handed international debut for Switzerland friendly

Tom Rooney

Published 25/03/2016 | 18:52

Alan Judge during squad training at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Alan Judge during squad training at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has handed an international debut to Alan Judge for tonight’s friendly against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium, while Shane Duffy will win just his second cap.

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Blackburn defender Duffy and Brentford playmaker Judge are among a cohort of Irish players who did not feature in the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016, but are vying for a place in O’Neill’s final 23 man squad.

The manager has provided them an ample platform to turn his head with a selection that also features Darren Randolph in goal, Seamus Coleman, who captains the side, at right back, and Robbie Brady on the opposite flank.

It had been speculated that O’Neill would give the Norwich man more time in midfield, where he flourished in the victory over Germany and draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Duffy is partnered at the heart of the defence by Ciaran Clark, with Judge, David Meyler, Stephen Quinn and Aiden McGeady comprising the midfield.

In what appears to be a striking duo, Shane Long lines out with Kevin Doyle.

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