The Preston North End striker has been included in the team for tonight’s Uefa Nations League opener.
– Paul Dollery reports from Cardiff City Stadium
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND manager Martin O’Neill has handed a senior international debut to Callum Robinson for tonight’s opening game in the Uefa Nations League (7.45pm).
The Preston North End attacker has been named in the starting line-up for the clash with Wales at Cardiff City Stadium.
After declaring for Ireland earlier this year, Robinson recently obtained an Irish passport. The 23-year-old was born in England but his maternal grandmother hailed from Monaghan.
The ex-Aston Villa forward, who represented England at underage level, opened his goalscoring account for the season in Preston’s 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Martin O’Neill has been forced to contend with a lengthy list of absentees, with seven players currently injured and two others — Declan Rice and Harry Arter — also unavailable.
O’Neill’s selection suggests that a 3-5-2 formation may be deployed, but that won’t become clear until kick-off.
Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane will make his first start in a competitive international, while the team will be captained by Everton full-back Seamus Coleman in his first competitive outing for Ireland since fracturing his leg against Wales in March 2017.
The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!