Ireland's Probable Starting Lineup Vs Germany

Mikey Traynor
By Mikey Traynor
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Tonight brings about a very big game for Martin O'Neill's men, and for everyone involved in Irish football.

The reigning world champions are in town, and unfortunately it seems as though Thomas Muller will not be taking our advice of doing something else in Dublin, and will be a part of what is pretty much a full strength Germany team.

Ourselves? To say we are at full strength would be just wrong as arguably (although who's arguing against it?) our best player, Seamus Coleman, will miss the match, as well as Glen Whelan, Stephen Quinn, Ciaran Clark and possibly Marc Wilson, all of whom would make a case to start if they were fit.

With that in mind we've looked at the Irish squad, and this is how we think we will be lining up against Germany:


The first talking point is Shane Long in the team.

Although Robbie Keane, Daryl Murphy, and Jon Walters have started ahead of him in recent games, we feel his second half showing against Georgia will be enough to earn him a start considering Walters will be needed on the wing.


Cyrus Christie should start at right-back, although David Meyler filled in against Germany before, the injuries to Whelan and Quinn mean that Meyler is needed in the middle.

Jeff Hendrick is expected to start in a similar position to where he was so effective against Georgia, and we think that on current form Wes Hoolahan must play, even if how we will set up tactically doesn't suit him.

One more thing; COME ON YOU BOYS IN GREEN!



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