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Sunday 17 December 2017

Trap faith

Irish boss keeps familiar faces for Hungary clash

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI will send out his best eleven against Hungary on Monday, the team he wants to start the Euro 2012 opener against Croatia.

Trapattoni lined up his top men in a training game against the back-up boys at Borgo a Buggiano this morning with both John O'Shea and Shay Given looking fit, well and ready to pick up the pace of their preparation.

The indication has been clear for the last few weeks that he will stick with the men who did the heavy lifting in the qualification group.

“The players are all fit now and we are ready for the next match,” said assistant boss Marco Tardelli.

“We know our players are relaxed now but when we get to Hungary, it will all pick up.”

IRELAND Team v Hungary: Given; O’Shea, St Ledger, Dunne, Ward; Duff, Whelan, Andrews, McGeady; Keane, Doyle.

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