Thursday 18 January 2018

Wes Hoolahan handed competitive start as Keane and Walters lead the line for Ireland against the Faroes

Wes Hoolahan
Wes Hoolahan
Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane will make a record-breaking 126th appearance for the Republic of Ireland in tomorrow night's World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands.

Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan is also handed his first competitive start as the Republic of Ireland go in search of goals.

The playmaker, who impressed in Sunday's victory over Georgia, is in for the suspended James McCarthy in central midfield.

Keeper David Forde has recovered from a calf injury but there will be no place in the starting line-up for central defender Richard Dunne despite his return from a year-long injury nightmare against Georgia.

Instead, Sean St Ledger will once again partner John O'Shea at the heart of Giovanni Trapattoni's rearguard.

Team: David Forde; Seamus Coleman, John O'Shea, Sean St Ledger, Marc Wilson; Simon Cox, Glenn Whelan, Wes Hoolahan, Aiden McGeady; Robbie Keane (captain), Jon Walters.

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