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Wilson happy to 'play anywhere' against Sweden

STOKE CITY'S utility man Marc Wilson says he'll play wherever he's told for Ireland in next week's World Cup battle with Sweden in Stockholm, all he cares about is getting a place in the starting XI.

Giovanni Trapattoni will be on hand to watch Wilson play for Stoke today at home to West Brom, in an unfamiliar central-defensive role, as a defensive crisis has hit City in recent weeks.

Wilson is more comfortable as a left-back and will use next week's training sessions ahead of the Stockholm game to try and dislodge Stephen Ward.

Despite his recent run as a centre-half for Stoke, Trapattoni has stated that he does not see Wilson as a natural central defender and is likely to go with John O'Shea and Sean St Ledger against Sweden, but Wilson is content to fill in where needed. "To be honest, I'm happy to play for Ireland and I'll play anywhere. I've been out for a few months so I'm just happy to be named in the squad. If I'm asked to play anywhere, I'm ready," Wilson said.

"I'll be playing centre-half today. The guy who plays centre-half, Robert Huth, got suspended so I'm going to have to play there.

"To be honest, I don't mind playing there though I don't see myself playing there week-in, week-out.


"I don't think Trapattoni being there will matter when I get out there.

"I've to do a job for my team first, get the three points," added the former Portsmouth man, who admits he's a fan of the Swedes.

"To be honest, I haven't seen a lot. I know they're a good team, they've got a good squad," he said. "I've seen highlights of their recent game against Germany, to come back like that was a hell of an achievement.

"They've got a good squad of players, they've got some good choices, they've got (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic up front who is scoring goals for fun for Paris Saint-Germain. He's a quality player but they've got quality all over the park."

Ireland play Sweden in Stockholm and then face Austria at home on Tuesday week, with tickets for the Austria tie available on www.fai.ie.