Mick McCarthy has named his side for Thursday's friendly international against New Zealand with Preston midfielder Alan Browne starting in midfield, while, as previously announced, there are debuts for Troy Parrott and Lee O'Connor.

Browne's inclusion may indicate that Conor Hourihane will get the nod ahead of him in the middle of the park for the all-important must-win clash with Denmark on Monday.

The manager said that he would not start anyone who is set to play in the vital Euro 2020 qualifier, which means that Hourihane looks set to play in the trio alongside Jeff Hendrick and Glenn Whelan.

Browne will play alongside Josh Cullen and Jack Byrne against the Kiwis, while Sean Maguire and Robbie Brady will start either side of Parrott up front.

A new-look back four sees O'Connor make his debut from right back, while Derrick Williams looks set to start in a left-back role, which leaves Ciaran Clark in the middle alongside Kevin Long.

Burton Albion keeper Kieran O'Hara has got the nod to start in goal ahead of Mark Travers, however, the Bournemouth stopper has been told that he would feature at some stage of the fixture.

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