McCarthy named in Ireland team
James McCarthy will make his first competitive start for the Republic of Ireland in Friday's World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan.
Last Updated: 06/09/12 4:21pm
Wigan midfielder James McCarthy will make his first competitive start for the Republic of Ireland in Friday's World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan.
Giovanni Trapattoni took the familiar step of naming his starting line-up well in advance of the game and has opted to include the man who missed Euro 2012 for personal reasons.
Trapattoni has named a defence of John O'Shea, Sean St Ledger, Darren O'Dea and Stephen Ward ahead of new first-choice keeper Keiren Westwood.
As expected, Simon Cox gets the nod ahead of Sunderland winger James McClean on the flank.
Stoke forward Jon Walters is also preferred to Kevin Doyle to partner Robbie Keane in attack.
Republic of Ireland team to face Kazakhstan:
Keiren Westwood (Sunderland); John O'Shea (Sunderland), Darren O'Dea (Toronto), Sean St Ledger (Leicester), Stephen Ward (Wolves); Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), James McCarthy (Wigan), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow); Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy), Jon Walters (Stoke).