Ireland - Faroe Islands Preview: Boys in Green look to keep qualification hopes alive
Giovanni Trapattoni's side can stay in contention for second place in Group C if they defeat the Faroe Islands in Friday's World Cup qualifier
By Ronan Murphy
Coleman, O'Shea, St Ledger, Wilson
Cox, Whelan, Hoolahan, McGeady
Naes, Davidsen, Baldvinsson, Justinussen
Vatnsdal, Holst, S Samuelsen
Ireland are without the services of West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long and Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy, with both players serving a one-game suspension. Veteran defender Richard Dunne is not risked by Trapattoni, despite featuring in Sunday's 4-0 friendly win over Georgia.
Captain Robbie Keane looks set to become Ireland's most capped player, as he leads the side out on his 126th international appearance, moving ahead of goalkeeper Shay Given,
Lars Olsen's Faroe Islands have lost all four of their World Cup qualifiers to date, including a 4-1 defeat to Trapattoni's side in October. Arnbjorn Hansen scored the hosts' consolation goal in Torshavn, but the 27-year-old striker will not feature due to injury.
The Islanders have Frodi Benjaminsen and Hallur Hansson suspended, while Hjalgrim Elttor withdrew from Olsen's squad to sit exams. With the Faroe Islands short of midfield cover, Heini Vatnsdal could be in line to win his first cap after impressing for the country's under-21 side, helping them to a 1-1 draw with rivals Denmark.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- This will be the fourth meeting between the Republic of Ireland and the Faroe Islands. The Boys in Green have won the previous three encounters, scoring eight and conceding just one.
Marc Wilson scored his first international goal in October's 4-1 win over the Faroes, and will win his fourth cap in the return fixture.
- Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr was in charge of the Faroe Islands from 2009 to 2011, guiding the bottom seeds to competitive victories over Lithuania and Estonia, as well as a 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland.
- Current Faroe Islands manager Lars Olsen was capped 84 times by Denmark, and won the Danish Superliga six times while playing as a defender for Brondby.
- Ireland defender Richard Dunne has scored eight international goals, more than any member of the Faroe Islands squad.
The Faroes are currently ranked 161th in the Fifa World Rankings, but reached a high of 94 back in September 1992.
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Republic of Ireland 4-0 Faroe Islands
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|2||Sean St Ledger||Defender|
|-||Pól Jóhannus Justinussen||Defender|
|-||Ári Mohr Jónsson||Striker|
|10||Christian Lamhauge Holst||Striker|
|6||Jónas Tór Næs||Defender|
|-||Hans Pauli Samuelsen||Midfielder|