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Long and Cox to start up front for Ireland

Updated: Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 09:59 | Comments

Seamus Coleman, Simon Cox, Shane Long, James McCarthy and James McClean will all start for Ireland against Greece
Seamus Coleman, Simon Cox, Shane Long, James McCarthy and James McClean will all start for Ireland against Greece

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Giovanni Trapattoni has named the Ireland team to face Greece in an international friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The side shows six changes from the team that defeated Faroe Islands 4-1 in their last outing.

There are two changes in defence, with Ciaran Clark and Stephen Ward coming in for Darren O'Dea and Marc Wilson. Keiren Westwood once more starts in goal.

In midfield, there is also a duo of changes, with James McClean coming in for Aiden McGeady, and Glenn Whelan starting in place of Keith Andrews in central midfield.

Up front, Trapattoni has gone for a new strike partnership with Simon Cox and Shane Long starting in place of Robbie Keane and Jon Walters.

Ireland XI to play Greece at Aviva Stadium, kick-off 19:45: Westwood, Coleman, O'Shea, Clark, Ward, McClean, Whelan, McCarthy, Brady, Cox, Long.

Simon Cox and Shane Long will start up front for Ireland

Wes Hoolahan will have to make do with a seat on the bench with Trapattoni having indicated he will be involved in the second half.

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