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Ireland Name Experimental Starting XI For Turkey Clash

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Martin O’Neill has named a much-changed Ireland starting eleven for Friday evening’s friendly international against Turkey in Antalya.

With a number of Ireland regulars such as Robbie Brady, Darren Randolph, Stephen Ward, Jonathan Walters, John O’Shea, Glenn Whelan and Aiden McGeady either out injured or just not called up, O’Neill had plenty of scope for experimentation with his starting lineup – including eight uncapped players.

One welcome returnee, however, is that of captain Seamus Coleman, who takes his place at right-back in the Ireland side for the first time in a year.

In the absence of Randolph, Keiren Westwood and Rob Elliot, Colin Doyle starts in goal, the Bradford City keeper making his first senior international appearance since 2007.

Declan Rice makes his senior Ireland debut, as does Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan. Preston’s Sean Maguire starts for Ireland for the first time, while Alan Browne partners Conor Hourihane in he midfield.

On first glance it appears to be a 3-5-2 with Coleman and James McClean in the wing-back positions, leaving Rice, Shane Duffy and Kevin Long in the centre of defence, Browne, Hourihane and Jeff Hendrick and Hogan and Maguire up front. However, that could all change at kick-off.

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