Callum Robinson and Scott Hogan make their first starts under Mick McCarthy's regime as the two attack-minded players were named to play tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium, kick-off 7:45pm.
Robinson missed out on the two qualifiers in March through injury but will start on the right side of a four-man midfield, while Hogan looks set to join David McGoldrick in attack as the manager appears to have named a 4-4-2 formation.
McCarthy named an unchanged XI for Ireland’s last two qualifiers against Georgia and Denmark, however, the manager has now made two changes for the visit of Gibraltar in a more attacking side as Ireland look to add three more points in their unbeaten start to the campaign.
Glenn Whelan and Robbie Brady have been left out of the starting team, having played in Copenhagen on Friday night.
Conor Hourihane should slot into Whelan’s holding role with Jeff Hendrick joining him in the middle of the park. James McClean will, once again, drive the side forward from the left flank.
Seamus Coleman remains at right back and will captain the side, meaning that Matt Doherty has to make do with a place on the bench.
Richard Keogh and Shane Duffy keep up the continuity in the middle of defence, with Enda Stevens again at left back.
Darren Randolph, who has made the number one jersey his own in recent years, remains in between the sticks, and will hoping that he is not required to the same extent when the two sides played in Gibraltar earlier this year.
Gibraltar have made two changes to the side that held Ireland to a slender 1-0 defeat in March, as Alain Pons and Andrew Hernandez replace Anthony Bardon and Anthony Hernandez respectively.
Republic of Ireland: Darren Randolph; Seamus Coleman (capt), Shane Duffy, Richard Keogh, Enda Stevens; Conor Hourihane, Jeff Hendrick, Callum Robinson, James McClean; David McGoldrick, Scott Hogan
Gibraltar: Kyle Goldwin; Joseph Chipolina, John Sergeant, Lee Casciaro, Jayce Olivero, Roy Chipolina (capt), Andrew Hernandez, Louie Annesley, Alain Pons, Liam Walker; Tjay De Barr
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU)