Tuesday 24 April 2018

Martin O'Neill makes three changes for must-win World Cup qualifier in Wales as Wes Hoolahan misses out

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill

Harry Arter, Robbie Brady and James McClean have all been brought into the Ireland team for tonight's crunch World Cup qualifier in Cardiff against Wales.

Wes Hoolahan, Callum O'Dowda and Shane Long all miss out, with the Southampton striker ruled out with a hip injury.

It appears that Daryl Murphy will play as a lone striker, and will hope to repeat the form of last Friday night, where he struck twice in Ireland's 2-0 win over Moldova at the Aviva Stadium.

Here is the Ireland team in full, which Dan McDonnell correctly predicted in this morning's Irish Independent:

Ireland: Randolph; Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward; Meyler, Arter; Brady, Hendrick, McClean; Murphy.

Wales have also named their team, with Hal Robson-Kanu the only fresh inclusion, coming into the team in place of Sam Vokes:

Wales: W Hennessey; C Gunter, J Chester, A Williams, B Davies; J Allen, J Ledley; A King, A Ramsey, T Lawrence; H Robson-Kanu.

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