Saturday 16 December 2017

Revealed! Martin O'Neill names his starting XI for Sweden clash

Jonathan Walters of Republic of Ireland prior to the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France in Saint Denis, Paris, France. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Jonathan Walters of Republic of Ireland prior to the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France in Saint Denis, Paris, France. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has named his starting XI for his side's opening Euro 2016 encounter with Sweden at the Stade de France.

Ciaran Clark is picked ahead of Richard Keogh and Shane Duffy to partner John O'Shea in central defence with Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady filling the full-back berths as expected.

O'Neill has opted for a diamond formation in midfield with James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, Jeff Hendrick and Wes Hoolahan operating in the engine room.

Jonathan Walters has recovered from an achilles problem to partner in-form Shane Long up front.

Sweden boss Erik Hamren drafted Martin Olsson and Victor Lindelof into the team which saw off Denmark in the play-offs with Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading his country into action once again.

Ireland: Randolph; Coleman, O’Shea, Clark, Brady; McCarthy, Whelan; Walters, Hoolahan, Hendrick; Long.

Sweden: Isaksson; Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Olsson; Larsson, Lewicki, Källström, Forsberg; Ibrahimovic, Berg.

#IRL Subs: Westwood, Given, Keogh, McGeady, Keane, McClean, Duffy, Christie, Ward, Meyler, Murphy, Quinn. #COYBIG

— FAIreland (@FAIreland) June 13, 2016

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