SportSoccer

BREAKING: Martin O'Neill names Ireland team to face Austria in crunch qualifying clash

SoccerBy Sunday World
James McClean in training yesterday
James McClean in training yesterday

The Republic of Ireland side that will take on Austria in Vienna this evening has been named.

This is the XI that O'Neill has placed his faith in for the Group D clash:

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, who has enjoyed an impressive start to the club's Premier League campaign, will make his first competitive appearance for the Boys in Green.

O'Neill retains the centre-back pairing of Shane Duffy and Ciaran Clark, while Robbie Brady slots in at left-back as Stephen Ward couldn't make the trip due to injury.

Wes Hoolahan is also granted a rare away start in midfield, though it is unclear whether he will play directly behind striker Jon Walters or in an advanced position on the right.

James McClean is fit to start after only joining full training late in the week.

Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan, who has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, is named on the bench:

Ireland currently sit in second position in Group D on seven points, just behind Serbia on goal difference.

Opponents Austria, meanwhile, are placed in fourth with four points, having drawn with Wales and lost to the Serbs in October.

This is the side that manager Marcel Koller has picked to take on O'Neill's men:

The match kicks off at 5pm Irish time.