Trap opts for Long over Doyle to partner Keane against Slovakia
Giovanni Trapattoni has placed his faith in Shane Long over Kevin Doyle to partner Robbie Keane against Slovakia in tomorrow night’s Euro qualifier.
Wolves defender Stephen Ward starts alongside Sean St Ledger, with the old hands John O'Shea and Richard Dunne completing the back four.
Shay Given, despite a niggling injury, will start in goal.
Damien Duff, of Fulham , and Moscow’s Aiden McGeady will patrol the wings, with Ipswich Town's Keith Andrews joining Glenn Whelan in midfield.
Robbie Keane, who had to travel over from the east coast of the US, leads Ireland's attack.
Veteran Kevin Kilbane, hoping to win his 67th straight cap, has not recovered from his back injury and will return to his club this afternoon.
Wigan star James McCarthy will also be called into the squad later this evening after he takes part in the Under 21 match against Hungary in Sligo.