Friday 9 December 2016

Coleman and O'Shea win fitness battles as Martin O'Neill names Ireland team to take on Serbia

Published 05/09/2016 | 18:43

Republic of Ireland defender John O'Shea, left.
Republic of Ireland defender John O'Shea, left.

Wes Hoolahan will start on the bench in Belgrade tonight as Ireland get their World Cup qualification campaign underway against Serbia.

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John O'Shea returns to the side in the centre of defence despite being short of match fitness, partnering Richard Keogh. Seamus Coleman is also named to start despite missing Everton's first three Premier League games through injury.

O'Neill has gone with an attack minded team, with Shane Long, Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Jon Walters and James McClean all named to start.

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