Friday 23 February 2018

Wes Hoolahan won't start Ireland's showdown with Poland

Jerome Boateng of Germany in action against Wes Hoolahan
Jerome Boateng of Germany in action against Wes Hoolahan

Wes Hoolahan will not start Ireland's match away to Poland with a heel injury while Shane Long gets the nod up front.

Long was rewarded for his match-winning display against Germany with a return to the Republic of Ireland starting line-up for their date with Euro 2016 destiny in Poland.

Long was one of five men drafted into the side which beat the world champions on Thursday night as he, Darren Randolph, Seamus Coleman, Glenn Whelan and James McClean replaced Daryl Murphy, Shay Given, Cyrus Christie, Stephen Ward and Wes Hoolahan.

Poland boss Adam Nawalka made three changes to the team which snatched a last-gasp 2-2 draw in Scotland as Jakub Wawryzniak, Pawel Olkowski and Karol Linetty came in for Maciej Rybus, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Arkadiusz Milik.

Ireland: Darren Randolph, Seamus Coleman, Richard Keogh, John O’Shea (c), Robbie Brady, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, James McClean, Jon Walters, Shane Long.

Substitutes: David Forde, Rob Elliot, Marc Wilson, Cyrus Christie, Paul McShane, Aiden McGeady, David Meyler, Darron Gibson, Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Keane, Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick.

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