The Italian head coach has revealed that the team starting Monday night's game will very much resemble the line-up set to face off against Croatia in their Group C opener
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named a strong side for his side’s friendly clash with Hungary.
The Italian manager saw his side defeat Bosnia & Herzegovina 1-0 at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium in their last pre-Euro 2012 game and he will be hoping for much of the same as they travel to the Ferenc Puskas stadium in Budapest.
Experienced pair Shay Given and John O’Shea have recovered from knee and ankle problems to both start in Monday’s clash, whilst Aiden McGeady has seen off the challenge of Sunderland’s James McClean to claim a starting berth on the left wing.
Trapattoni has revealed that the side that takes to the field against Hungary will be 90 per cent of the team which will take on Croatia in Ireland’s first match of the tournament next Sunday.
The Irish are also due to face Italy and current holders and world champions Spain in Group C.
Ireland team to face Hungary: Given; O'Shea, Dunne, St Ledger, Ward; Duff, Andrews, Whelan, McGeady; Keane, Doyle.