Brady to Captain Boys in Green, O’Neill caps new players

By Emily Crowley, watch Emily’s report below. 

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Robbie Brady is set to captain the Republic of Ireland ahead of tonight’s friendly match against Iceland, at the Aviva Stadium.

The captain’s armband was passed over to Brady following Seamus Coleman’s horror injury in last week’s World Cup Qualifier against Wales.

Coleman suffered a double fracture in his right leg and is expected to miss the rest of the season, although is recovering well so far.

During a press conference last night, Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, said that tonight’s game will see a lot of international debuts for some of his players.

Many of O’Neill’s wiser and experienced players, including John O’Shea, James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan and Jon Walters have been sent back to their clubs.

Preston pair Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan, John Egan of Brentford, Derby’s Alex Pearce, Bristol City man Callum O’Dowda, Eunan O’Kane of Leeds, Aberdeen’s Jonny Hayes and Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane are those who will join a much-changed line-up.

Speaking on tonight’s opposition, Martin O’Neill believes that Iceland will be a challenge to his team.

“Iceland were brilliant at the EURO’s. They won on Friday night,” O’Neill said “It will be a good test to us.”

Tonight’s match will be the first time Ireland have met Iceland since the World Cup Qualifiers, back in 1997.

Take a look at the highlights to the match here, where Ireland took 4-2 victory.

Kick-off tonight is at 7:45p.m.


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