Ireland team named for Australia friendly
Republic of Ireland senior team manager Giovanni Trapattoni has unveiled his starting team for Wednesday's friendly game against Australia at Thomond Park (7.30pm).
Striker Kevin Doyle returns to the first XI having missed the last match, the World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria, through injury. Mick McCarthy, manager of Doyle's new club Wolves, was happy to allow Doyle feature in this game after he made a sooner than expected comeback from hernia surgery. He will win his 27th cap alongside captain Robbie Keane in attack.
Shay Given takes his place in goal, behind a defence of John O'Shea, Sean St. Ledger, Richard Dunne and Kevin Kilbane - the same back-four which played in Sofia.
Aiden McGeady (pictured right) is restored to the line-up on the flank, while Damien Duff will patrol the opposite wing, with Keith Andrews and Glenn Whelan earning the central berths in midfield.
The Irish and Australian players had their first experience of Thomond Park today as both squads trained on the eve of the first-ever soccer international game to be played at the Limerick venue.
The Ireland team is as follows: Shay Given (Manchester City); John O'Shea (Manchester United), Richard Dunne (Manchester City), Sean St. Ledger (Preston North End), Kevin Kilbane (Hull City); Aiden McGeady (Celtic), Keith Andrews (Blackburn Rovers), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Damien Duff (Newcastle United); Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspurs), Kevin Doyle (Wolves).