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Stephen Kenny Names Interesting Ireland Team For Finland Clash

Stephen Kenny Names Interesting Ireland Team For Finland Clash
By Gary Connaughton
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Stephen Kenny has named the Republic of Ireland team to take on Finland this evening, including one debutant in the side.

Dara O'Shea will make his senior international debut when he partners Shane Duffy at the back.

Aaron Connolly has also been drafted into the side having rejoined the squad on Monday morning, while Sean Maguire and Daryl Horgan also start after coming on in Sunday's draw with Wales.

The midfield is unchanged from that game. Uncapped players Caoimhin Kelleher, Ryan Manning, and Jason Knight are amongst the substitutes.

In all, there have been four changes to the team that drew 0-0 with the Welsh.


Here's the team in full.

This is a youthful Ireland squad, with seven players aged 21-years old or younger included in the matchday squad.


Knight and O'Shea had been due to play for Ireland's U21 side against Italy yesterday but were drafted in for this game after a number of players were forced to drop out due to coronavirus regulations.

Both youngsters have made massive leaps in their respective careers over the last 12 months or so. O'Shea established himself as a key contributor during West Brom's promotion run and has started every Premier League fixture so far this term. As for Knight, he has been a star in the Derby midfield alongside Wayne Rooney.

A win in this game would be massive for Ireland, with World Cup qualification seedings still to be decided. Stephen Kenny's side currently sit right on the bubble of pot two and pot three, with a place in the higher pot likely to result in an easier draw in November.


Their three remaining UEFA Nations League games will go a long way to deciding where they end up.

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