Ireland have named their starting XI ahead of tonight’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium.
As expected McCarthy names a settled side, with an unchanged back five of Darren Randolph, Enda Stevens, Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy and captain Seamus Coleman, from the 2-0 win against Gibraltar.
The formation appears to be a 4-3-3, with the midfield consisting of Glenn Whelan in the holding role with Conor Hourihane and Jeff Hendrick, winning his 5oth cap for Ireland, just ahead of him.
In the front three, Callum Robinson keeps his place on the right after his positive display against Gibraltar while his Sheffield United team mate David McGoldrick appears to have nailed down the number nine shirt as he starts up top once again.
James McClean is named on the left of the three while as reported earlier, Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne is the one player who misses out of the 23-man squad.
McCarthy’s side are currently top of Group D, with 10 points from four games. They are five points clear of second-place Denmark, who have a game in hand, and six points ahead of Switzerland.
However, the Swiss, who are ranked 11th in the world, have two games in hand due to their involvement in the Nations League finals. So, a positive result is essential for McCarthy’s side on Thursday night.
Ireland starting XI:
Randolph; Coleman, Keogh, Duffy, Stevens; Whelan; Robinson, Hendrick, Hourihane, McClean; McGoldrick