Ireland name team to face Czech Republic

Updated: February 28, 2012

Giovanni Trapattoni has named Ireland’s starting line-up to face the Czech Republic on Wednesday night.

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The Ireland manager has made just two changes to his regular starting line-up.

Darren O’Dea replaces the injured Richard Dunne in the heart of the Irish defense, while Shane Long partners Robbie Keane up front.

Shay Given and Robbie Keane are the most experienced players in the line-up with 121 and 115 caps respectively.

Stephen Ward is the least experienced member of the team, with the left back accumulating a mere nine caps.

James McClean received a late call-up to the Irish squad for the friendly, but the in-form Sunderland winger must settle for a place on the bench.

Republic of Ireland: Given, O’Shea, O’Dea, St. Ledger, Ward, Duff, Whelan, Andrews, McGeady, Keane, Long.

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