EURO 2016

O'Neill springs a couple of surprises in his Ireland team

O'Neill makes bold changes for must-win Italy game
O'Neill makes bold changes for must-win Italy game

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has rolled the dice in his team selection for the crunch Euro 2016 game against Italy in Lille.

Daryl Murphy and James McClean are drafted into an attack minded starting line-up, as Ireland go for the win that would secure their passage to the last-16 of the competition.

Richard Keogh and Shane Duffy are also handed starts as O'Neill looks to revive his team following last Saturday's 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Belgium.

RTE pundit Eamon Dunphy expressed his shock at the line-up picked by O'Neill:

"It's a surprising team. No place for Wes Hoolahan, no place for John O'Shea who has been magnificent for Ireland," he stated.

"John O'Shea dropped would be a big surprise. Keogh and Duffy would never had played together before." 

His fellow RTE pundit John Giles was also stunned by the team named by O'Neill:

"That team has never played together," he stated.

"Leaving John O'Shea out and bringing Murphy in are huge changes. I don't know how this team is going to play and nobody does."

There are also changes aplenty in the Italy side, with Antonio Conte's side already through to the last-16 and a mouthwatering clash against Spain.

Victory for Ireland in their final Group E match would set-up a mouthwatering clash with host nation France next Sunday.