Whelan returns to Ireland midfield for Switzerland clash
Mick McCarthy makes just one change from the victory over Gibraltar
Glenn Whelan returns to the Ireland midfield for the game against Switzerland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Mick McCarthy restored the experienced Glenn Whelan to the Republic of Ireland starting line-up for Thursday evening’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland at the Aviva stadium (7.45pm).
Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic made two changes to the team which started the 0-0 Nations League draw with England in June, with Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo replacing Edimilson Fernandes and the unavailable Xherdan Shaqiri.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Randolph, Coleman, Duffy, Keogh, Stevens, Hendrick, Whelan, Hourihane, McClean, McGoldrick, Robinson.
Subs: K Long, Christie, Egan, Cullen, Curtis, Browne, James Collins, O’Hara, O’Dowda, Hogan, Travers, Judge.
SWITZERLAND: Sommer, Elvedi, Akanji, Schar, Mbabu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Rodriguez, Embolo, Freuler, Seferovic.
Subs: Omlin, Mehmedi, Benito, Landry Mvogo, Comert, Ajeti, Widmer, Fernandes, Gavranovic, Steffen, Moubandje, Fassnacht.