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Tipperary’s Shane Long Partners Keane Against Sweden

Shane Long - Photo Ian Walton/Getty Images

Shane Long – Photo Ian Walton/Getty Images

Irish Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has dropped Wigan star James McCarthy for his World Cup qualifier in Sweden, and has opted instead for the experience of Leeds midfielder Paul Green.

The Republic of Ireland team, to play Sweden at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, is the same as the starting eleven in training this week which included Green alongside Glenn Whelan.

Keane, who is Ireland’s record scorer (54 goals) will partner West Brom star & Tipperary native Shane Long (ahead of Jon Walters,) in attack, against the Swedes.

The named Republic of Ireland eleven are: David Forde (Goal,), Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman, John O’Shea, Ciaran Clark (Back Four,), Robbie Brady, Paul Green, Glen Whelan and James McClean (Midfield,), with strikers Robbie Keane and Shane Long (Front,).

Live television coverage of Sweden v Rep of Ireland can be viewed from 7.00pm tomorrow Friday March 22nd, on RTÉ Two. Live radio coverage is on “Game On,” on RTÉ 2fm radio from 7.00pm.

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