Ireland team to play Georgia in Dublin announced

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Ireland team to play Georgia in Dublin announced

Martin O'Neill has named the starting XI that will take on Georgia Aviva Stadium this evening in Ireland's second Group D World Cup qualifier.

This is the lineup announced by the Ireland boss:

There are three changes from the 2-2 away draw against Serbia.

Shane Duffy, on his return from suspension, starts alongside Ciaran Clark in central defence.

Both John O'Shea and Richard Keogh, who started in the backline against Serbia, drop to the bench.

James McCarthy has recovered from injury to take Glenn Whelan's midfield role, playing behind Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick.

The front three is the same that began against the Serbs as James McClean and Jonathan Walters flank Shane Long, meaning Wes Hoolahan must again settle for a bench role.

The two substitutes who entered the fray in Belgrade, Stephen Quinn and Daryl Murphy (who scored his first international goal to salvage a point for Ireland), have both been ruled out through injury.

Harry Arter has also failed to join up with the squad after picking up a knock on club duty last weekend, while Aiden McGeady, Kevin Doyle, Keiren Westwood and Anthony Pilkington also miss out through injury.

Ireland legend Paul McGrath believes the Boys in Green must shake an old habit in Irish soccer and begin winning games as favourites.

Ahead of kick-off, check out an informative factfile on our opponents tonight and how we have fared against Georgia in past meetings.