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Robbie Brady To Be Handed Ireland Captain’s Armband For Iceland Friendly

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Robbie Brady will captain Ireland in Tuesday night’s friendly against Iceland. The Burnley man will stand in for injured captain Seamus Coleman at the Aviva stadium.

Martin O’Neill has confirmed that the 25-year-old will skipper the side as other candidates Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan and John O’Shea return to their clubs early. Brady has 31 caps for his country and has scored 7 goals.

Brady missed Friday’s 0-0 draw at home to Wales through suspension but comes back into the team having trained with the squad in the build-up to the game. The winger will play his first game for Ireland since joining Burnley in January.

Brady had captained the Manchester United at youth level and will hope to make a positive impression with various candidates for Coleman’s temporary position being considered. The Everton right-back looks set to miss a minimum of six months with a double leg fracture meaning that he is almost certain to miss the remainder of the qualifying campaign.

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/3/2017 Republic of Ireland vs Wales Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman
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Martin O’Neill could blood some new faces against Iceland, with four uncapped players in the squad. Conor Hourihane and Daryl Horgan will hope to make their international bows following impressive seasons for their clubs while Andy Boyle and John Egan can also come into the fold.

Iceland come off the back of a 2-1 victory against Kosovo in their latest World Cup qualifiers. Last year’s Euro 2016 surprise package meet the Irish for the first time since 1997. The team captured the imagination of fans following their emphatic Ero’s run that saw them conquer England before bowing out to France.

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