Trap keeps the faith
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni kept faith with his big names for Wednesday's friendly against the Czech Republic.
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo
Last Updated: 28/02/12 6:53pm
Republic of Ireland new boys James McClean and Shane Duffy will have to wait for their chance after manager Giovanni Trapattoni kept faith with his big names for Wednesday's friendly against the Czech Republic.
The pair, along with Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, could figure as substitutes, but the Italian will start with what is largely his tried and tested team.
Wolves striker Kevin Doyle and Birmingham midfielder Keith Fahey have returned to their clubs after failing to shake off injuries
In Doyle's absence, Shane Long will partner captain Robbie Keane in attack.
Darren O'Dea will fill the void left by Richard Dunne's absence through injury and the Leeds defender will line up alongside Sean St Ledger in central defence.
Republic of Ireland team: Given; O'Shea, St Ledger, O'Dea, Ward; Duff, Andrews, Whelan, McGeady; Long, Keane (Capt).