Our Ireland XI to face Andorra: Read our estimated 11 as Ireland face Andorra in their first Summer International friendly last night.
As Ireland regroups from their respective league seasons, it is finally time to get a win on the board. The Boys in Green are making a comeback to the international stage after beginning their World Cup qualifying campaign.
Losses to Serbia and Luxembourg were not in the game plan for manager Stefan Kenny as Ireland are at the bottom of his group. However, this nine-day training camp in Spain is exactly what the team needs to turn things around.
This will be a big test as Kenny will eventually have time to work with the players bed in a philosophy. Ireland will face Andorra and Hungary during that nine-day window as a true test of their work.
For tomorrow’s game with so many fresh young faces we have gone with the experimental starting eleven. So, check out our estimated Ireland 11 to face Andorra for no reason.
Kenny has made a variety of formations during his tenure so far, so it’s hard to pick an approximate size. However, we have gone with 4-1-4-1 which we think would be the best fit for the players available in the team.
In a perfect world, we’d go with Darren Randolph’s experience for this game. However, with the 33-year-old exiting with an injury, we would love to see Kaomahin Kelleher get his chance.
The 21-year-old is Ireland’s highest-profile keeper making his Premier League and Champions League debuts this season. Despite not matching Randolph for the Cork Man experience, we think he’ll start tomorrow.
Stephen Kenny on Kaomahin Kelleher:
“He’s potentially one of the best goalkeepers we’ve ever had”
Much praise for the Liverpool keeper
— ️🇪🇺 (@IrishPropaganda) May 29, 2021
At right back we have gone with captain Seamus Coleman to lead the line at right back. His experience in the last few camps was badly missed but in previous games, he was Ireland’s best player.
We’ve gone with Andrew Omobamidal and John Egan at center back. Omobamidal has seen a meteoric rise in football over the past six months. The 18-year-old is calm, composed and has an old head on young shoulders.
He has been an important part of the Norwich team this season as they achieved promotion to the Premier League. We think he’ll start specifically with how attack and capture based Norwich games, he’ll easily slot into Kenny’s system.
John Egan has been a miss for Ireland along with Coleman and Randolph and their inclusion would be a huge plus. He returned to the Ireland squad from injury after a relegation season with Sheffield, we think he will definitely make a start.
With Anda Stevens still injured on the left, Ryan Manning will be the man to step up. He hasn’t done his best in the Irish jersey yet, but this could be his chance. In the team, he is the most experienced left back ever at the age of 24.
In the defensive midfield, we’ve gone with Josh Cullen. With Anderlecht, Cullen has been Ireland’s best player outside the UK, having regained European football after a stellar season.
He is one of the few players in Ireland who is getting consistent playing time this season with the midfielder playing more than 21 games. In previous games, he was one of Ireland’s few bright sparks that impressed pundits and fans alike.
In the central midfield, we are joined by two creative and exciting young players, Jamie McGrath and Sam Szmodics. McGrath has been one of the best players in the SPL this season, winning St Mirren’s player of the year.
Along with Sam Szodics, a late addition to the squad but one that Kenny has been eyeing for a long time. The Zomdiks have played 42 matches for Peterborough in League One this season, scoring 15 goals. They are two players who demand the ball and can score goals, which could potentially lead to something different in Ireland’s setup.
On the right and left wings, we’ve gone with Ronan Curtis and new recruit Chiedozzi Ogbene. With Callum Robinson and Aaron Connolly injured, Ogbean and Curtis deliver much-needed momentum on the wings.
Despite not scoring many goals, both have remained in their respective teams this season. Both bring a lot of creativity with their troublesome dribbling and speed which is so lacking in Ireland.
As the lone striker, we have picked James Collins. With such a young squad having an average age of around 23/24 years, experience will be crucial. Despite not having many Ireland caps to his name, Collins is an English league legend at age 30.
At 6″2 he targets the man from Ireland who will be big, strong and a threat from the set-piece. Collins can easily catch the ball for fast bowlers Ogbean and Curtis to bring them into play.
what does it look like on paper
That’s our team to face Andorra tomorrow evening, let us know in the comments what you think. See what the team will look like on the pitch below.
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