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Friday 22 September 2017

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RDS can be Funderland for Whelan

FROM Funderland to wonderland - Glenn Whelan wants the RDS to be a field of dreams for Ireland tonight.

An international season which began with a 3-0 defeat to Australia in Limerick last August closes off with the Algerians' visit to Dublin tonight, Ireland hoping to make it two wins in a row under Giovanni Trapattoni, and Stoke City man Whelan, who starts in midfield tonight to claim his 20th senior cap, is relishing a rare visit to the Dublin 4 venue.

"I'm not used to playing matches here, the closest I got to the RDS before was for Funderland when I was a kid," Whelan said.

"I have seen some of the games on TV, Leinster matches and other games. I think some of the lads were a bit worried about the pitch before the Paraguay game here on Tuesday as it's a rugby ground, but once we got out there on the field it was fine and the surface was excellent.

"I think tonight will be a harder game for us than Paraguay. Algeria are playing England in the finals and they will see the game against us as a decent test, a chance to see how they'd do against England, so they will be really up for it. It will be a tough game but hopefully we can get another win."

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