Trapattoni rejigs team as Whelan ruled out

Ireland manager chops and changes as Stoke midfielder misses Sweden game with ankle injury

Republic of Ireland trio James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan and Paul Green in training. James Crombie/Inpho

Republic of Ireland trio James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan and Paul Green in training. James Crombie/Inpho

Fri, Mar 22, 2013, 18:40

Giovanni Trapattoni has drafted both James McCarthy and Jonathan Walters into a revised Republic of Ireland starting line-up for this evening’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden in Stockholm.

McCarthy comes into the centre of midfield for the injured Glenn Whelan after the Stoke man suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury in training.

With Whelan ruled out, Trapattoni has also decided to deploy Stoke striker Walters on the right flank instead of Robbie Brady to add some solidity to his formation.

Sweden: Isaksson (Kasimpasa); Lustig (Celtic), Olsson (West Brom), Granqvist (Genoa), Safari (Anderlecht); Kallstrom (Spartak Moscow), Elm (CSKA Moscow); Larsson (Sunderland), Ibrahimovic (PSG), Kacaniklic (Burnley); Hysen (Gothenburg).

Republic of Ireland: Forde (Millwall); Coleman (Everton), O'Shea (Sunderland), (Clark), Wilson (Stoke City); Walters (Stoke City), McCarthy (Wigan Athletic), Green (Leeds United), McClean (Sunderland); Long (West Brom), Keane (LA Galaxy).

Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)