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A French sports outlet has a unique take on Ireland's starting XI for the Euros

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AS THE DEBATE rages about the Republic of Ireland squad and who should be on the plane to France, there’s not really much argument when it comes to Martin O’Neill’s strongest and preferred starting XI.

But a French sports outlet has questioned that and suggested a pretty radical lineup for the Irish.

As part of their Euro 2016 build-up, are profiling each competing nation. And Ireland are the latest to get the spotlight shined upon them.

They’ve identified veteran attacker Robbie Keane as their ‘player to watch’, despite the LA Galaxy man not being first-choice anymore.

But the strangest thing is their predicted XI.


Despite the initial praise, Keane isn’t included but Kevin Doyle is.

The midfield four features David Meyler, Stephen Quinn and Aiden McGeady while Alan Judge, in a rather spectacular gaffe, is named at left-back.

Normally, the positional error would be a silly enough slip.

But, it gets worse.

Judge won’t even be at the tournament after sustaining a double leg break in April.

Elsewhere, there’s no place for John O’Shea or Richard Keogh as Ciaran Clark and Shane Duffy are the preferred duo.

Here’s hoping our Group E opponents prepare for this Irish side as they immerse themselves in some pre-tournament homework and we can catch them on the hop.

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