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Stephen Kenny rings the changes for friendly against Lithuania

Kenny has made six changes for tonight’s game.

Will Keane.
Will Keane.
Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Updated Mar 29th 2022, 6:32 PM

STEPHEN KENNY HAS made six changes to the side that drew with Belgium for tonight’s friendly international with Lithuania. 

Will Keane makes his first start up front for Ireland, coming in for Jason Knight. Midfielders Josh Cullen and Jeff Hendrick are rested, with Cork duo Conor Hourihane and Alan Browne starting instead. John Egan captains the side with Seamus Coleman rested: Egan is the only one of the back three retained as Dara O’Shea and Nathan Collins replace Coleman and Shane Duffy. 

Caoimhín Kelleher is in goal, while Matt Doherty, Callum Robinson, and Chiedozie Ogbene keep their place. 

Ryan Manning starts at left wing-back in place of James McClean. 

Connor Ronan and Jimmy Dunne won’t be making debuts tonight, as they have been left out of the matchday squad. With friendly games now centralised through Uefa, the FAI have to follow their 23-man squad rules. 

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Ronan, who is currently on loan with St Mirren, was initially handed his first senior Ireland call-up when he was included in the 25-man squad which was announced earlier this month.

Kick-off at the Aviva Stadium is at 7.45pm, with the game live on Sky Sports. 

Updated at 18.40

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