McCarthy and McClean to start against Serbia

Giovanni Trapattoni has named his Ireland starting eleven for Wednesday evening's international friendly against Serbia, with James McCarthy and James McClean set to start
James McCarthy and James McClean have been named in Giovanni Trapattoni's starting eleven for the Republic of Ireland's friendly international with Serbia on Wednesday.

John O'Shea will captain Ireland for the first time with many senior players absent. Keiren Westwood will get his chance to impress in goal after the retirement of 125-cap Shay Given. Trapattoni has named Stephen Kelly at left-back after Marc Wilson pulled out of the squad through injury. Darren O'Dea will partner John O'Shea at centre-back while Paul McShane starts on the right.

James McCarthy is offered the chance to win a starting role against Kazakhstan with Keith Andrews facing a suspension for Ireland's opening World Cup 2014 qualifier. Glenn Whelan will offer experience in midfield, while James McClean and Aiden McGeady will be expected to inject creativity out wide.

Trapattoni has selected Jonathan Walters and Shane Long up front, but Simon Cox is likely to get some time from the bench as Kevin Doyle and Robbie Keane are both absentees.

Ireland team:
Keiren Westwood; Paul McShane, John O’Shea (c), Darren O’Dea, Stephen Kelly; Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, James McClean; Jonathan Walters, Shane Long.