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International Preview: Pearce could start

18 November 2014

Martin O'Neil to ring changes

Alex Pearce could be set to make his fifth start for the Republic of Ireland when they take on the USA in Dublin tonight.

Reports in the national media have suggested that the Royals centre-back may be in line to replace Stoke City’s injured Marc Wilson.

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill revealed that he is likely to make a number of changes to his line-up, which could see Pearce and captain John O’Shea reunited at the heart of defence.

Pearce made his Ireland debut in 2012, having previously represented Scotland’s U21 side, and has earned himself six caps since then, though only one of those have come alongside O’Shea.  

Harry Cardwell, Dominic Hyam and Jonathan Henly will all be hoping to feature for Scotland U21s when they take on Switzerland this evening.

Shane Griffin played 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland U21s drew 2-2 with Russia. The Boys in Green had led 2-0, and had a one-man advantage in Marbella, but were pegged back in the second half. Sean Long, Liam Kelly and Pierce Sweeney did not feature in the clash.

Ryan Edwards could be involved for Australia U23s as they conclude a four-team tournament in China. The Aussies have already taken on Brazil and the Chinese in the last four days.

Edwards grabbed an assist as they forced a late draw against Brazil, but was not involved in their 3-1 slump to the hosts on Sunday.

Andrija Novakovich’s USA U20s team face Canada in Marbella today. 

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