Wes Hoolahan has been selected to start for Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Islands on Friday night at Aviva Stadium.

The Norwich midfielder will line up in midfield alongside Glenn Whelan, Simon Cox and Aiden McGeady.

Robbie Keane will make a record-breaking 126th appearance for Ireland, as the 32-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy striker passes former goalkeeper Shay Given.

Keane will captain the side and will lead the line with striking partner Jonathan Walters for the must-win clash with the Faroes.

David Forde has recovered from a calf injury and has been passed fit to take his place between the posts, while Marc Wilson starts at left back alongside Sean St Ledger, John O’Shea and Seamus Coleman.

There was to be no place in the starting line-up for central defender Richard Dunne despite his return from a year-long injury nightmare against Georgia on Sunday.

James McCarthy and Shane Long are suspended for Friday's clash.

Ireland v Faroes: Forde; Coleman, O'Shea, St Ledger, Wilson; McGeady, Whelan, Hoolahan, Cox; Walters, Keane.


Live television coverage of Republic of Ireland v Faroe Islands from 19:15 on Friday 7 June on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Rep of Ireland only). Live radio coverage on Game On from 19:00 RTÉ 2fm and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).