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Do you agree with the 4 Ireland midfielders John Giles thinks should start at Euro 2016?

The veteran pundit gave his selections on Newstalk’s Off the Ball last night.

John Giles says Martin O'Neill should drop Glenn Whelan at the Euros.
John Giles says Martin O'Neill should drop Glenn Whelan at the Euros.
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JOHN GILES SAYS Ireland should play a four-man midfield at the Euros, with Jon Walters in a more advanced role up front.

Despite Walters invariably playing on the wing in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, the veteran pundit believes Martin O’Neill should persist with the four-man midfield he started with in recent friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia.

Speaking on Newstalk’s Off the Ball show, Giles also suggested O’Neill should drop Glenn Whelan — who started every game he was available for in the qualifying round — and pick Wes Hoolahan in a roving role, as well as James McCarthy, Robbie Brady and James McClean to start the opening Euro 2016 game against Sweden.

The 75-year-old also urged the Irish manager to pick Shane Long alongside Walters up front, claiming it would be a “disaster” if he opts to begin with the Southampton star on the bench.

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