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Stephen Kenny Names Experimental Ireland Team To Take On Lithuania

Stephen Kenny Names Experimental Ireland Team To Take On Lithuania
By Gary Connaughton Updated

Stephen Kenny has named his Republic of Ireland team to take on Lithuania at the Aviva Stadium this evening, making six changes to the side that drew with Belgium on Saturday.

Caomhín Kelleher has retained his place in goals, with Nathan Collins and Dara O'Shea joining John Egan (who will captain the side) in the back three. Matt Doherty has continued in his role at right wingback, while Ryan Manning has come in on the opposite flank.

Alan Browne will partner Conor Hourihane in midfield, with the former being rewarded for his equaliser at the weekend.

Up front, Chiedozie Ogbene and Callum Robionson will line up either side of Will Keane up front.

Both Keane and Collins will be making their first starts at senior international level.

Here is the team in full.

This will only be Ireland's fourth ever meeting against Lithuania, with the most recent coming in 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory back in 1997. The Baltic nation have lost all three of the previous meetings between the sides.

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It is expected that run will be continued this evening, with the visitors currently placed at 137th in the FIFA world rankings.

Ireland will be hoping to continue their recent run of strong form, losing only one of their last ten fixtures, which came away at Portugal.

It will also offer Stephen Kenny a final opportunity to fine tune his squad ahead of the UEFA Nations League opener in June. Ireland are scheduled to play four fixtures in the competition at the end of the season, although the presence of Ukraine in their group leaves some doubt as to whether all fixtures will be able to proceed as planned. Scotland and Armenia are the other two sides in this section.

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A good finish in that group will be key, with their finishing position in the Nations League set to determine their seeding for the Euro 2024 qualifiers, which will kick off in March of 2023.

Here's hoping that Ireland can end this current international window on a high.

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