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Preview: Republic of Ireland - N Ireland
Carling Nations Cup
24.05.2011 at 19:45 - Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland senior team manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named his team for Tuesday night's Carling Nations Cup match against Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium (7.45pm).

Nine of the starting team are confirmed, with West Bromwich Albion striker Simon Cox earning a starting spot on his first call-up.

Doubts over the fitness of Liam Lawrence and Keith Fahey mean they will be replaced by Seamus Coleman and Kevin Foley if they are unable to start.

Republic of Ireland team v Northern Ireland:
Given (Manchester City); McShane (Hull City), Delaney (Ipswich Town), Kelly (Fulham), Wilson (Stoke City); Lawrence (Portsmouth)/Coleman (Everton), Andrews (Blackburn Rovers), Fahey (Birmingham City)/Foley (Wolves), Treacy (Preston North End); Keane (Tottenham Hotspur), Cox (West Bromwich Albion).

Republic of Ireland meet Northern Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports HD1.

The two neighbours last met in 1999 when Northern Ireland emerged as 1-0 winners, although the Republic boast the better record overall having triumphed in three of their nine match-ups.

The Republic are currently level on points with Scotland in the four-team group, which also includes Wales, following a round of matches in February.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men beat Wales 3-0 while Northern Ireland were defeated by the same scoreline against Scotland.

The Carling Nations Cup encounter is viewed by some as little more than a friendly and neither side will be anything near full strength.

Trapattoni will be without the likes of Anthony Stokes, who has incurred the Italian's wrath after opting to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad due to tiredness.

Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington, meanwhile, will be without several of his more recognised senior players and has been forced to give youth a chance, although defender Gareth McAuley will wear the captain's armband.

And Worthington is braced for a low turnout as Northern Ireland supporters are threatening to boycott the match because of travel arrangements put in place by the IFA, whereby they can only obtain tickets to the game if they travel there on approved coaches.

Republic of Ireland: S Given, P McShane, D Delaney, S Kelly, M Wilson, L Lawrence or S Coleman, K Andrews, K Foley or K Fahey, K Treacy, R Keane, S Cox.

Northern Ireland: A Blayney, A Thompson, C Cathcart, G McAuley, L Hodson, J Carson, S Clingan, S Davis, J Gorman, W Feeney, J McQuoid.


H / A / N Matches W D L Goals + / -
H 7 3 3 1 12 - 2 +10
A 4 1 2 1 5 - 2 +3
N 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 +0
Total 11 4 5 2 17 - 4 +13

Date&time Comp. H / A / N Final score
15.11.2018 at 15:00 Friendly H 0 - 0
24.05.2011 at 19:45 Carling Nations Cup H 5 - 0
29.05.1999 at 15:00 Friendly H 0 - 1
29.03.1995 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier H 1 - 1
16.11.1994 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A 4 - 0
17.11.1993 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier A 1 - 1
31.03.1993 at 13:45 World Cup Qualifier H 3 - 0
11.10.1989 at 13:00 World Cup Qualifier H 3 - 0
14.09.1988 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier A 0 - 0
21.11.1979 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A 0 - 1
20.09.1978 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier H 0 - 0
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