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  • May 29, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: W. Collum
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Preview: England - Republic of Ireland

England-Republic of Ireland Preview: The Three Lions look for their first win in five against The Boys in Green

Preview: England - Republic of Ireland

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The two nations meet for the first time since their ill-fated clash in Dublin ended in a riot 18 years ago, as the FA's 150th birthday celebrations continue at Wembley

England boss Roy Hodgson is without Kyle Walker (fibula), Tom Cleverly (calf), Steven Gerrard (shoulder), Andy Carroll (heel) and Jack Wilshere (ankle), who all pulled out of the squad through injury.

Gary Cahill has been playing alongside Phil Jagielka in training and that pair are expected to start in defence for the first England match since Rio Ferdinand joined John Terry in announcing his international retirement.

Daniel Sturridge is expected to start alongside Wayne Rooney in attack after finishing the season in fine form for Liverpool, while Ashley Cole will skipper the side.

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has opted not to risk Marc Wilson (calf), as the Stoke defender is struggling through injury, meaning Reading full-back Stephen Kelly comes into the side.

Sean St Ledger will partner John O'Shea in the centre of defense, with Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark left out of the squad through injury and Richard Dunne lacking match fitness.

Robbie Keane gained special dispensation from his club LA Galaxy to play in this friendly and he will be partnered up front by Shane Long, with Kevin Doyle (Achilles tendon) absent through injury.reland's first visit to England since 1991, with the game organised as part of the FA's ongoing 150th anniversary celebrations.The match had to be abandoned the last time these two nations met in 1995, as a minority of England fans provoked a riot at Dublin's Lansdowne Road that led to 20 arrests and 40 injuries. Ashley Cole (pictured, right) will captain the Three Lions after earning his 100th international cap against Brazil in February, though declined to perform other captain's duties such as speaking to the press.England have not beaten Ireland in any of their last five encounters, with the Boys in Green collecting five points from their last three qualifiers in London.The Three Lions are unbeaten in their last five games at Wembley, including victories over Belgium, Italy and Brazil.There are seven English-born players in Giovanni Trapattoni's squad.

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23David FordeGoalkeeper
7Seamus ColemanMidfielder
4John O'SheaDefender
2Sean St LedgerDefender
12Stephen KellyDefender
14Jonathan WaltersStriker
-James McCarthyMidfielder
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
7Aiden McGeadyMidfielder
10Robbie KeaneStriker
19Shane LongStriker
16Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
14Damien DelaneyDefender
2Richard KeoghDefender
18Darren O'DeaDefender
38Stephen QuinnMidfielder
-Jeff HendrickMidfielder
-Darren RandolphGoalkeeper
-David MeylerMidfielder
22James McCleanMidfielder
37Robbie BradyMidfielder
21Andy KeoghMidfielder
18Conor SammonStriker
20Simon CoxStriker
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
Players to Watch
Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 36
Games Goals YC RC
3 2 0 0
The 23-year-old moved to Liverpool in January hoping to earn himself the regular first team football that had been lacking during his time with Manchester City and Chelsea, and the change of scenery has certainly paid off. The striker struck 11 times and provided five assists in 16 matches for the Reds, and will now look to make his case for the national side, having recently opened his international account against San Marino.
James McCarthy
James McCarthy
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The Wigan midfielder was one of his club's star performers as they shocked everyone by lifting the FA Cup this season, and is sure to stay in the Premier League despite the Latics' relegation. The 22-year-old boasts a long list of admirers, and will want to impress the English audience one last time before the transfer window opens in July.
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Ireland have proved themselves to be a hard nut to crack under Giovanni Trapattoni, but England's fine recent form at Wembley should ensure that the birthday celebrations continue with a narrow victory.
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