Keane set to face England despite jetlag

28 May 2013 05:47

Robbie Keane will captain the Republic of Ireland in their friendly with England on Wednesday despite having only just returned from the United States, manager Giovanni Trapattoni announced on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy striker only arrived in England on Tuesday morning, but is due to win his 124th cap with a starting role against Roy Hodgson's England at Wembley Stadium.

Announcing his team, Trapattoni revealed that Stoke City defender Marc Wilson will miss out due to a calf problem, with Reading's Stephen Kelly starting at left-back.

Wilson's club-mate Jon Walters is due to start on the right side of midfield in Trapattoni's customary 4-4-2 formation, with Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady on the opposite flank.

Ireland team to play England (4-4-2):

David Forde; Seamus Coleman, John O'Shea, Sean St Ledger, Stephen Kelly; Jon Walters, James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, Aiden McGeady; Shane Long, Robbie Keane (capt)

Source: AFP

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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