Stephen Kenny's plans for tonight's friendly against England have been further disrupted after midfielder James McCarthy withdrew from the squad due to family reasons.

On Wednesday, Aaron Connolly was ruled out due to a hamstring injury, while Callum Robinson was confirmed as the Covid-19 positive case that had been revealed on Tuesday. Enda Stevens is also on the injured list.

Kenny has yet to win a game in his reign as manager but he has been bullishly optimistic ahead of the England clash.

"We are [looking forward to it]," he said.

"The players get an opportunity to play in Wembley against England. 

"Ireland have never won in Wembley. We won twice against England, once in Stuttgart and once in Goodison 70-odd years ago, so it has been a long time.

"England are in good form and we have played well at times, against Slovakia in particular, but we haven't been scoring goals of course. 

"So we are looking forward to going there and we want to perform well." 

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