Wednesday 29 January 2020

Trap chooses Keane to lead Ireland despite trans-Atlantic journey

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni makes his way out onto the Wembley pitch for the start of squad training. Photo: Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni makes his way out onto the Wembley pitch for the start of squad training. Photo: Sportsfile

ROBBIE Keane will lead the Republic of Ireland into friendly battle with England tomorrow less than 36 hours after his latest trans-Atlantic dash.

The 32-year-old striker will win his 124th senior international cap at Wembley having only landed in London from Los Angles this morning - with manager Giovanni Trapattoni picking a strong XI.

 

However, there will be no place in the team for Stoke defender Marc Wilson, who has a calf problem with Reading's Stephen Kelly starting at left-back.

 

David Forde will continue in goals for Ireland behind a back four which contains Seamus Coleman, John O'Shea, Sean St Ledger and the once out-of-favour Kelly.

Jonathan Walters continues on the right side of midfield with Spartak Moscow's Aiden McGeady preferred to James McClean on the left.

James McCarthy partner's Stoke City's Glenn Whelan in midfield Robbie Keane, fresh from his hat-trick for LA Galaxy at the weekend, plays alongside Shane Long up front.

 

Team to play England: David Forde; Seamus Coleman, John O'Shea, Sean St Ledger, Stephen Kelly; Jon Walters, James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, Aiden McGeady; Shane Long, Robbie Keane (Capt).

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