Giovanni Trapattoni has named the side to face Germany at the Aviva Stadium. John O’Shea takes the captain’s armband while Seamus Coleman and Jon Walters are included.
As widely reported, Ireland will play with three in central midfield, Andrews, McCarthy and Fahey with McGeady and Cox on the wings but the manager said the formation could adapt to 4-4-2 depending on how the game pans out.
Robbie Keane was ruled out earlier today with an ankle injury sustained in training. Marco Tardelii reportedly claimed the collision was caused by Paul McShane but apparently this was meant as a joke.
Jon Walters is preferred to Shane Long up front while Seamus Coleman, celebrating his 24th birthday today, makes his first competitive start.
Rep. Ireland v Germany: Westwood, Coleman, O’Shea, O’Dea, Ward; McCarthy, Andrews, Fahey; McGeady, Walters, Cox