Long and Cox to start up front for Ireland
Updated: Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 09:09
Giovanni Trapattoni has named the Ireland team to face Greece in an international friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The side shows six changes from the team that defeated Faroe Islands 4-1 in their last outing.
There are two changes in defence, with Ciaran Clark and Stephen Ward coming in for Darren O'Dea and Marc Wilson. Keiren Westwood once more starts in goal.
In midfield, there is also a duo of changes, with James McClean coming in for Aiden McGeady, and Glenn Whelan starting in place of Keith Andrews in central midfield.
Up front, Trapattoni has gone for a new strike partnership with Simon Cox and Shane Long starting in place of Robbie Keane and Jon Walters.
Ireland XI to play Greece at Aviva Stadium, kick-off 19:45: Westwood, Coleman, O'Shea, Clark, Ward, McClean, Whelan, McCarthy, Brady, Cox, Long.
Wes Hoolahan will have to make do with a seat on the bench with Trapattoni having indicated he will be involved in the second half.
@rtesoccer Good to see Clark, McLean and McCarthy in there!— Jack Curran (@Jack7_c) November 13, 2012
@rtesoccer Possibly one of the best teams trappatoni can name with one or two changes e.g. walters in for cox & wilson in for ward!— eddie dillon (@tkdeddie) November 13, 20