Conor Sammon set to make Ireland debut against Poland

The Derby County striker is set to win his first cap in an experimental Republic of Ireland side as Giovanni Trapattoni's men take on Poland at the Aviva Stadium
Giovanni Trapattoni will hand a first international start to Derby County striker Conor Sammon in Wednesday's international friendly fixture with Poland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Sammon will partner West Bromwich Albion's Shane Long in attack, while David Forde is preferred to Keiren Westwood in goal. With Sean St Ledger and Richard Dunne still sidelined, Trapattoni keeps faith in the central pairing of John O'Shea and Ciaran Clark, who started November's friendly with Greece.

Greg Cunningham is in line to make his fourth international appearance at left-back, while a shortage of natural right-backs means that Paul McShane steps into the role. Young wingers Robbie Brady and James McClean will add pace and trickery out wide, while Glenn Whelan partners Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy in the centre of the park.

Ireland starting XI v Poland: David Forde; Paul McShane, John O'Shea, Greg Cunningham; Robbie Brady, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, James McClean; Shane Long, Conor Sammon.