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Pilkington set for first start
Published : 09 Sep 2013 19:17:02Rss feed
Anthony Pilkington will make his first start for the Republic of Ireland against Austria as coach Giovanni Trapattoni attempts to breathe new life into the World Cup qualifying campaign.
The 25-year-old Norwich playmaker, who made his first appearance for his country as a second-half substitute in Friday's 2-1 defeat by Sweden, will replace James McClean on the left side of midfield for a game Ireland simply have to win.
There is a place too for Leeds midfielder Paul Green, who has been drafted in in place of the injured Glenn Whelan.
The Republic are currently three points adrift of the second-placed Swedes with just three fixtures remaining in which to overhaul them and claim the runners-up spot in Group C.
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