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Stephen Kenny Has Named His Ireland Team To Take On Ukraine

Stephen Kenny Has Named His Ireland Team To Take On Ukraine
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Stephen Kenny has named his Republic of Ireland team to take on Ukraine at the Aviva Stadium this evening, making two changes to the team that lost to Armenia on Saturday.

Caoimhín Kelleher retains his place in goal, with Gavin Bazunu ruled out of this international window after picking up a back injury.

The back three of Nathan Collins, Shane Duffy, and John Egan remains unchanged from the game in Yerevan. Cyrus Christie replaces the injured Seamus Coleman at right wingback, while Enda Stevens retains his place on the other flank.

Josh Cullen will be partnered by Jeff Hendrick in midfield once again. Up front, Chiedozie Ogbene and Callum Robinson will be partnered by Jason Knight, who replaces Troy Parrott.

Uncapped duo of Festy Ebosele and CJ Hamilton have been included on the bench.

Ireland team to face Ukraine


Here is the team in full:

Caoimhín Kelleher, Nathan Collins, Shane Duffy (c), John Egan, Cyrus Christie, Enda Stevens, Josh Cullen, Jeff Hendrick, Chiedozie Ogbene, Jason Knight, Callum Robinson.

Ireland go into this game hoping to quickly bounce back from the abject display in Armenia, with that defeat continuing a remarkably poor record in the UEFA Nations League. Now in their third campaign in the competition, Ireland have yet to win a game.

Ukraine are fresh off the back of a very unlucky 1-0 defeat in their World Cup play-off against Wales on Sunday, having beaten Scotland earlier in the week.

If Ireland are to win this evening, they will certainly need to improve on their most recent performance. They lacked any sort of attacking threat against the Armenians, failing to create many chances of note. That will have to change against the Ukrainians.


Stephen Kenny came into this campaign with the stated goal of winning the group, meaning a victory tonight is a must after the poor result in the first game.

SEE ALSO: Seamus Coleman Makes Day For Two Ukrainian Kids At Ireland Training

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