Ireland welcome Wales to the Aviva Stadium this Friday in a massive World Cup 2018 qualifier.
Martin O’Neill’s side have a number of injuries to contend with ahead of this weekend’s match in Dublin, with a number of first choice and backup players either failing to make, or being forced to withdraw from, the squad.
The match in Dublin also marks ten years to the day since Steve “the Gaffer” Staunton’s Ireland defeated John Toshack’s Wales in a Euro 2008 qualifying match at Ireland’s then-temporary home of Croke Park, in a group that also contained Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Cyprus and San Marino.
The score finished 1-0 on the day, in what turned out to be one of the few high points of Staunton’s infamous one year reign in charge of the Boys in Green (and just short of two months after they scraped a 2-1 win in San Marino). In the end, Ireland would finish ten points behind group runners-up Germany, and Staunton lost his job in October of that year to be replaced by Giovanni Trapattoni.
Staunton had some injuries of his own to deal with in that match, but can you name the starting eleven that he did put out?