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McClean included in Republic line-up

Updated: Friday, 25 May 2012 20:05 | Comments

Many pundits and fans will applaud the inclusion of the dynamic James McClean in the Republic of Ireland side to face Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday
Many pundits and fans will applaud the inclusion of the dynamic James McClean in the Republic of Ireland side to face Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday

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James McClean will make his first senior start for the Republic of Ireland against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Sunderland winger will line up on the left, although manager Giovanni Trapattoni has indicated Aiden McGeady will also play some part in the game.

Defenders Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger will both start after shaking off abdominal and groin injuries respectively, while Paul McShane, who was this week drafted in as cover, will start at right-back.

Keiren Westwood will take Shay Given's place in goal with the Aston Villa man recovering from a knee injury.

Republic of Ireland: Westwood; McShane, Dunne, St Ledger, Ward; Duff, Gibson, Whelan, McClean; Keane, Doyle.

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