Dublin manager Jim Gavin has gone for an experienced side for Sunday’s Leinster Senior Football Championship opener with Wicklow in Portlaoise.

Eleven of the team that started last year’s All-Ireland final win over Mayo will line out against the Garden County the provincial quarter-final at Portlaoise (throw-in 4pm).

Wing-forward Brian Howard is the only player making his first Championship start, the Raheny man having made two substitute appearances in the Leinster campaign last season.

Defender Eric Lowndes, former Footballer of the Year Michael Darragh Macauley, and half-forwards Niall Scully and Howard are the changes from the All-Ireland winning team.

Missing out are Cian O’Sullivan and Jack McCaffrey, who are both recovering from injury, and Paddy Andrews and Eoghan O’Gara, who could both be among the substitutes when they are announced on Sunday.

Young Footballer of the Year Con O’Callaghan returns to the Dublin team for the first time since last September, having been concentrating on Cuala’s successful bid to win back-to-back club All-Ireland titles.

The defence has a particularly settled look at about it, with keeper Stephen Cluxton behind a full-back line of Michael Fitzsimons, Philly McMahon and Lowndes. James McCarthy and John Small are picked at wing-back either side of Jonny Cooper, who will take the centre-back role normally filled by O’Sullivan.

Macauley and Brian Fenton reform their midfield partnership while the half-forwards are the least experienced unit, with Ciarán Kilkenny in the centre offering guidance to Scully and Howard.

The inside forwards are Paul Mannion, Dean Rock, who kicked the winner last year against Mayo, and O’Callaghan.

Dublin SFC (v Wicklow): Stephen Cluxton; Michael Fitzsimons, Philly McMahon, Eric Lowndes; James McCarthy, Jonny Cooper, John Small; Michael Darragh Macauley, Brian Fenton; Niall Scully, Ciarán Kilkenny, Brian Howard; Paul Mannion, Dean Rock, Con O’Callaghan.