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Here's The Youthful Ireland Team We Want To See Against Hungary

Here's The Youthful Ireland Team We Want To See Against Hungary
By Gary Connaughton
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After finally ending their winless run against Andorra in midweek, Ireland will be looking to end the season on a high against Hungary on Tuesday evening.

They will play in front of a packed stadium in Budapest, with the city also set to host Euro 2020 games in which the Hungarians will be taking part.

It will be interesting to see how many changes Stephen Kenny opts to the side for this game, with a number of players likely to get an opportunity to impress. Here's the team we would go with.

GK: Caoimhín Kelleher

Gavin Bazunu has played well in his three Ireland caps thus far, and while we certainly wouldn't be against him getting the nod for this game, it feels as though Caoimhín Kelleher is overdue his first cap at senior level.

The Cork man was very impressive during his limited opportunities for Liverpool earlier in the season and is ideally suited to the way Stephen Kenny wants his team to play. He deserves a chance to make his case for the number one jersey before the qualifiers in September.


RB: Matt Doherty

With Seamus Coleman ruled out of this game, Matt Doherty is set to continue in his role at right back.


We have yet to really see the best of the Spurs man in an Ireland jersey, although he wasn't helped by the lack of midfield options to connect with in Andorra.


CB: Dara O'Shea

Stephen Kenny needs to nail down a centre back partnership over the remainder of this campaign, with O'Shea and Egan looking by far the most likely.


We think he should continue with them for this game. The West Brom man certainly deserves his place in the side having been perhaps the most consistent player in the team over the last nine months.


CB: John Egan

John Egan was pegged to be the leader of this Irish defence, but his impact has been limited by injury and covid issues.


He wasn't at his best in Andorra, although he has all of the qualities you would want in a central defender. This is a potentially big fixture for Egan as he looks to establish himself as the main man at the back.


LB: Ryan Manning

James McClean worked hard in midweek, but it was not difficult to tell that he was being played out of position. Manning is a much more natural option in this position having excelled there in the Championship in recent seasons.


He hasn't had many opportunities in an Ireland jersey up to this point and it would be interesting to see how he got on against a decent Hungarian side.


CM: Josh Cullen

Cullen was fairly poor against Andorra, but he has enough credit in the bank for his other Ireland performances to keep his place in the team.


However, he will certainly need to show more confidence in showing for the ball than he did the other night.


CM: Jason Knight

Playing in an unfamiliar right midfield role, Knight's performance against Andorra was mixed. He looked a little bit off the pace for the opening hour or so, although he came to life in the final quarter.


If he can continue to pop up with the occasional goal or assist to add to his immense work rate, he can be a big player for this team.


RM: Chiedozie Ogbene

Stephen Kenny has spoken about Ogbene's potential to bring something to this Ireland side that very few others can: raw pace. The Rotherham winger is lightning quick, something that could be important in a game where Ireland could be forced to play on the counter on occasion.

It would be interesting to see what he can offer.


CAM: Troy Parrott

How great would it be to see Troy Parrott kick on after his brace against Andorra? While the opposition must be taken into account, the 19-year old badly needed the confidence boost associated with scoring his first international goals.

While the opposition will be sterner in Budapest, Parrott should certainly be in the team once again here.


LM: Daryl Horgan

While he may be more suited to an impact sub role, Horgan deserves his chance after his performance off the bench against Andorra.

The winger brings a huge amount of energy to the side and is not afraid to take on an opposition defender. That is something Ireland have often been missing.


ST: Adam Idah

Idah made a big difference to Ireland after coming on against Andorra. While both James Collins and Ronan Curtis failed to link the play in any real manner during their time on the pitch, Idah is very capable of bringing his teammates into the game with his hold up play.


The Team In Full

We certainly would not be upset to see Jamie McGrath in this team, although Parrott deserves to continue in the number ten role after his two goals against the Andorrans.

This is a team heavy on youth, with eight players aged 25-years old or younger.

What changes would you make?

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