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O’Shea Named Captain As Ireland Name Starting XI To Face USA

Martin O’Neill has named his Ireland starting eleven to face the USA in John O’Shea’s final international appearance.

The Sunderland defender hangs up international boots after a stellar 17-year, 118-cap stint with the boys in green, a career that has included appearances at two major championships.

O’Shea, as expected, starts at the heart of the defence for tonight’s clash at the Aviva, and will also captain the side.

O’Shea’s inclusion sees Derrick Williams drop out in what looks like a three-man central defence with Kevin Long and Shane Duffy.

In addition, there is a first international start for Shamrock Rovers forward Graham Burke. Burke came on as a second-half substitute in the defeat to France on Monday night, and emerged as a frontrunner to start in this clash when it became apparent that Shane Long would miss out through injury.

Elsewhere, Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick also comes back into the starting lineup having missed out on the clash at the Stade de France; he comes in for Preston midfielder Alan Browne.

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