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Saturday 19 April 2014

McClean and Dunne get the nod for Ireland's crunch match with Sweden

James McClean, Republic of Ireland
James McClean, Republic of Ireland

JAMES McClean and Richard Dunne will start for Ireland in their crunch qualifier with Sweden in Dublin tomorrow night.

Dunne will make his first competitive appearance for the Republic of Ireland since the Euro 2012 finals in Friday night's World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

The 33-year-old QPR defender, who missed all of last season through injury, will partner John O'Shea in the heart of Giovanni Trapattoni's rearguard at the Aviva Stadium.

Wigan winger James McClean has been handed the task of filling the left-wing berth more usually occupied by Aiden McGeady, who was forced to withdraw from the squad through injury.

David Forde retains his place in goal, while Marc Wilson will line up at left-back after shaking off an ankle problem.

Team: David Forde; Seamus Coleman, Richard Dunne, John O'Shea, Marc Wilson; Jon Walters, James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, James McClean; Robbie Keane (Capt), Shane Long.

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