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Coleman skippers Ireland as O'Shea starts in strong team to face Serbia

Martin O’Neill has gone with the Everton full-back as his captain, while Shane Long and Jon Walters are also named.

Seamus Coleman Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

SEAMUS COLEMAN AND John O’Shea have both been deemed fit enough to start in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Serbia.

Rain has been pouring down in Belgrade all day, but referee Viktor Kassai has decided to give the go-ahead after a pitch inspection.

Defensive pair Coleman and O’Shea were the main doubts heading into the Group D opener, but they make up half of the back four alongside Richard Keogh and Stephen Ward, with Darren Randolph named in goal.

27-year-old Donegal man Coleman will also captain the team.

Glenn Whelan, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady and James McClean start in midfield, while Shane Long and Jon Walters will lead the attack.

Ireland: Randolph, Coleman (c), O’Shea, Keogh, Ward, Whelan, Hendrick, Brady, McClean, Long, Walters.

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Serbia: Rajkovic, Rukavina, Gudelj, Nastasic, Ivanovic (c), Mitrovic, Tadic, Mladenovic, Milivojevic, Kostic, Vukovic.

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