McCARTHY SERVES UP BUTLER DEBUT
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Irish face a difficult match against the Czech`s, who were unbeaten in their Euro 2000 qualifying campaign.
Alan Kelly will start ahead of Newcastle`s Shay Given in goal and Paul Butler, the Sunderland central defender will make his debut at the heart of the Irish back division, alongside Kenny Cunningham. The Leeds duo of Gary Kelly and Ian Harte will patrol the flanks.
Charlton`s Mark Kinsella and Manchester United`s Roy Keane form an impressive central midfield and with the in-form Mark Kennedy on one wing and the talented Kevin Kilbane on the other, Ireland will be a creative force.
Niall Quinn and Robbie Keane, who have taken the Premiership by storm, will form a potent strike partnership.
Republic of Ireland team:
Allan Kelly (Blackburn)
Gary Kelly (Leeds), Kenny Cunningham (Wimbledon), Paul Butler (Sunderland), Ian Harte (Leeds),
Mark Kennedy (Man City), Roy Keane (Man Utd), Mark Kinsella (Charlton), Kevin Kilbane (Sunderland),
Niall Quinn (Sunderland), Robbie Keane (Coventry)Nic Evans