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Monday 19 March 2018

David Forde

Prove that he is a solid pair of hands, while demonstrating the match sharpness that has led to his promotion ahead of the unhappy Keiren Westwood.

Ciaran Clark

The promising defender needs to show that he has not been affected by the turmoil at Aston Villa. With question marks over Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger, Trap needs trustworthy alternatives.

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James McClean

With Anthony Pilkington unavailable, the wide duo have the chance to show they are ready for Sweden next month. Aiden McGeady will get the nod on other flank. An assertive display from either youngster is required; otherwise Simon Cox could be wide left in Stockholm.

Conor Sammon

The Derby man has to prove that he is worthy of a place in the squad. Trapattoni thinks he could be the next Caleb Folan, feeling he can hold the ball up and allow the team to play higher up the pitch. Sammon knows what's expected of him.

Shane Long

With Jon Walters and Kevin Doyle benched, Long can make a case for being the foremost attacker in next month's qualifiers. He will need to use his pace to unsettle the visitors.

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