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  • August 14, 2013
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
  • Referee: P. Kralovec
  • • Attendance: 20000

International Friendly Preview: Wales - Ireland

Giovanni Trapattoni's in-form side travels to Cardiff to take on Chris Coleman's men with plenty of star names missing on both sides, handing fringe players a chance to impress.



Gunter, Williams, Gabbidon, Davies
Collison, Allen
Vaughan, Ledley, Robson-Kanu



Coleman, O'Shea, Clark, Wilson
McCarthy, Whelan,
Brady, Hoolahan, McClean

Wales' star player Gareth Bale (foot) is ruled out of the fixture despite joining up with the national side for training. He faces a fight to be fit for Tottenham's opening Premier League game of the season.

Elsewhere, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and West Ham defender James Collins have both withdrawn from the squad with minor injuries.

Swansea fullback Jazz Richards and Brighton midfielder Andrew Crofts have been called up into the squad as replacements.
For Giovanni Trapattoni, record goalscorer Robbie Keane is out with a hip injury, while the Italian tactician has indicated that QPR defender Richard Dunne needs to play regularly in order to be considered for selection.

The Boys in Green suffered a spate of withdrawals ahead of the clash, with Norwich City winger Anthony Pilkington pulling out of an Irish squad for the fifth time in 12 months. Key players Sean St Ledger, David Forde, Aiden McGeady and Stephen Quinn are also unavailable.

Trapattoni has included Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden in his panel after the striker topped the League One goalscoring charts last season and Millwall forward Andy Keogh was another late addition to the squad.

  • Ireland and Wales have played each other a total of 12 times, with each team winning on five occasions.
  • Ireland is unbeaten in its last four encounters against Wales. The last time the Welsh emerged victorious against the Boys in Green was over 20 years ago in a 1992 friendly game at the RDS Arena in Dublin.
  • John O'Shea is the most capped player in the squad and is set to pick up his 90th cap on Wednesday
  • Darren O'Dea is the only member of the Irish squad plying his trade outside of England. The former Celtic and Ipswich Town center back is now playing in Ukraine after joining Metalurh Donetsk from MLS side Toronto.
  • Wales has won two consecutive competitive games just twice in the last eight years, after following a 2-1 win over Scotland with a 2-0 defeat to Croatia earlier this year.
  • Sixty percent of Wales' goals in its World Cup qualification campaign have come in the final 15 minutes of matches.


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International Friendlies ‎(FR)‎ Aug 14, 2013 Wales 0 - Ireland Republic 0
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Home Nations Cup ‎(HNC)‎ Feb 8, 2011 Ireland Republic 3 - Wales 0
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European Championship Qualification 2012 ‎(EC)‎ Nov 17, 2007 Wales 2 - Ireland Republic 2
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European Championship Qualification 2012 ‎(EC)‎ Mar 24, 2007 Ireland Republic 1 - Wales 0
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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
12B. MyhillGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
-Ben DaviesDefender
3Chris GunterDefender
2Sam RickettsDefender
17Hal Robson-KanuStriker
22Joe AllenMidfielder
10Joe LedleyDefender
-Jonathan WilliamsMidfielder
10Jack CollisonMidfielder
39Craig BellamyStriker
-Owain Fon WilliamsGoalkeeper
1Wayne HennesseyGoalkeeper
19Adam MatthewsDefender
16Danny GabbidonDefender
5James CollinsDefender
3Neil TaylorDefender
15Andy KingMidfielder
15Aaron RamseyMidfielder
7David VaughanMidfielder
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
-Ashley RichardsMidfielder
16Simon ChurchStriker
13Sam VokesStriker
-Craig Martin Davies

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