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Shane Long, despite not being named in the original squad, starts for Ireland on Wednesday while James McClean and Ciaran Clark are also in from the start

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has included Ciaran Clark and Robbie Brady in his starting line-up for tomorrow's friendly with Greece but there is no place for Wes Hoolahan.

The side shows six changes from the team that won comfortably in Torshavn three weeks ago with 23-year-old Clark partnering captain John O’Shea at the heart of the Irish defence.

Once again the Italian tactician has opted for a 4-4-2 formation with James McCarthy and Glenn Whelan given the nod in central midfield while James McClean and on-loan Hull City winger Robbie Brady will operate the flanks.

Shane Long is given his opportunity to impress up front alongside Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox but Wes Hoolahan has to settle for a place on the bench. However, Trapattoni indicated the Norwich playmaker will feature at some stage on Wednesday evening.

The 73-year-old was full of praise for Robbie Brady in his pre-match press conference but is adamant his job is not on the line.

He said: "Robbie Brady is one the best creative players and until this moment we have had no players with this creativity."

Ireland XI to face Greece: Westwood; Coleman, O'Shea, Clark, Ward; Brady, Whelan, McCarthy, McClean; Cox, Long


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