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Whelan Starts, Doherty Drops Out As McCarthy Names Starting XI

Mick McCarthy has named his Irish starting XI for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night.

Matt Doherty drops out of the starting XI after failing to impress on the right-hand side against Gibraltar while Glenn Whelan comes into the Irish midfield.

Whelan had thought to be retired from international football but was called back into the Irish squad by McCarthy for the games against Gibraltar and Georgia.

Robbie Brady also makes his way into the starting XI at the expense of Sean Maguire, in what appears to be a 4-3-3 formation.

The back four stays the same with Shane Duffy passed fit to play despite picking up a slight knock to his ankle in the win over Gibraltar.

Ireland will be looking to build upon their drab 0-1 victory over Gibraltar in their opening game of the group on Saturday.

The Boys in Green have never lost to Georgia in their nine meetings, winning eight and drawing one, but the visitors have been edging ever closer to Ireland’s level and arguably should’ve defeated Ireland in their last game in September 2017.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

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