Giovanni Trapattoni names Ireland team to face Serbia
Giovanni Trapattoni has named his starting eleven for Republic of Ireland’s international friendly with Serbia.
Trapattoni has made eight changes to the side that faced Italy in Poznan during Euro 2012, with Keiren Westwood starting in goal in place of the retired Shay Given. John O’Shea is set to make his 80th Irish appearance and will captain the side. Trapattoni has went with the most experienced backline of the players available, while being riskier in midfield with James McCarthy and James McClean both set to win their fourth caps.
Shane Long and Jon Walters are due to start up front after Kevin Doyle was forced to withdraw through injury. Despite the retirement of Shay Given, Trapattoni is more positive that Richard Dunne and Robbie Keane will stay on, telling reporters: “Richard sent me a message recently saying he would not be ready for the game with Kazakhstan because he needs a few weeks to recover from his injury, that the game was too soon.
“I answered him and said after this friendly, after he has recovered from his injury, we would review the situation, but I’ve told him we need him, it’s true. He will let us know. As for Robbie, I’ve also sent him a text, but he’s not answered me. I’ve checked my mobile. I will speak with him before I announce my next squad. He needs to tell me whether he wants to come back or what he wants to do.
“We can decide after this game because it’s important for us to look at the other players. We have Long, Cox and Walters. After this game, and before the one with Kazakhstan, we can think about this situation.”
Ireland team v Serbia:
Keiren Westwood, Paul McShane, John O’Shea (c), Darren O’Dea, Stephen Kelly, Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, James McClean, Jonathan Walters, Shane Long.