Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic: Trapattoni relishes stern test
Wednesday 29 February 2012
Republic of Ireland new boys James McClean and Shane Duffy will have to wait for their chance after manager Giovanni Trapattoni kept faith with his established names for tonight's friendly against the Czech Republic in Dublin.
The pair, along with Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, could figure as substitutes at the Aviva Stadium. Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has returned to his club after failing to shake off a minor injury, and Shane Long will partner Robbie Keane in attack.
Trapattoni said: "This is a test for my squad. This is the last opportunity to consolidate our squad's spirit. We want to show we believe in the players who brought us to Euro 2012. I am sure the squad all know and understand what an opportunity this is. Because it is a great opportunity for our national team."
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