Ireland v Norway preview
Shay Given will win a record 109th cap when he leads out the Republic of Ireland against Norway.
Last Updated: 17/11/10 7:35pm
Shay Given will win a record 109th cap when he leads out the Republic of Ireland against Norway in Wednesday night's friendly at the Aviva Stadium.
The 34-year-old keeper has already played five times for his country this season but just twice for Manchester City after losing his place to Joe Hart.
Giovanni Trapattoni has revealed he is ready to try some young players for the match in Dublin as he attempts to cope with an injury crisis.
The Italian has already lost Richard Dunne, Robbie Keane, Ciaran Clark, Kevin Kilbane, Caleb Folan, Paul McShane, Sean St Ledger and Paul Green from his plans.
In addition, Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson failed to report for duty with his daughter ill in hospital.
Teenager Greg Cunningham will win his third senior cap. The 19-year-old Manchester City defender, currently on loan at Leicester, will line up at left-back.
Darren O'Dea will partner John O'Shea in central defence with Stephen Kelly on the right, while Liam Lawrence, Keith Fahey, Glenn Whelan and Damien Duff will make up the midfield quartet.
Kevin Doyle will link up with his former Reading team-mate Shane Long in attack.
Meanwhile, Everton's Seamus Coleman will be relishing the prospect of coming on at some stage from the bench in the hope of winning his first cap.
The match is the first since last month's Euro 2012 double-header, which saw Ireland lose at home to Russia and draw in Slovakia.
Trapattoni insists there will be plenty at stake for his youngsters.
"We are missing many injured players," Trapattoni conceded, "but it is important in this friendly game to look at other young players.
"The likes of Coleman, Cunningham and Walters, it is very important for them and for us.
"The players, we know, but with us, they can increase in confidence and personality.
"It will be important in the future that these players are available to us.
"I have said many times in the past, there is no such thing as a friendly game for the national team - when players play for their country, when they have that shirt on, they have pride, they must be proud because they are playing for their country."
Since Egil Olsen took charge again at the beginning of 2009, Norway have made a considerable improvement and are proudly sitting at the top of Euro 2012 qualifying group H with a perfect record.
The Norweigans have already defeated Portugal and France this year and Olsen can call upon a number of familiar faces.
Fulham's Brede Hangeland and Bjorn Helge Riise are joined in the squad by Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen and QPR's new signing Petter Vaagan Moen, but Aston Villa's John Carew (calf) is absent.
Erik Huseklepp who bagged the winner against the Portuguese in their last competitive match is expected to start in midfield with Thorstein Helstad in attack.
Republic of Ireland XI: Given (capt); Kelly, O'Dea, O'Shea, Cunningham; Lawrence, Whelan, Fahey, Duff; Doyle, Long.