Republic of Ireland: Randolph; Doherty, Duffy, Keogh, Long, Christie; McClean, Arter, Hendrick, O’Dowda; Long
Denmark: Schmeichel, Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Zanka, Stryger, Schone, Delaney, Braithwaite, Yurary, Sisto, Dolberg
The Republic of Ireland have painful memories of their last encounter with Denmark, with Christian Eriksen close to unplayable as he hit a hat-trick in the World Cup play-offs last November. Things can only get better for Martin O’Neill’s side, surely? They are in a bit of a rut; bogged down by injuries and Roy Keane, as ever, has been ruffling a few feathers behind the scenes, while on the pitch, they’re struggling to score goals at one end and keep them out at the other. “In truth, we don’t have anyone who has proved themselves to be a prolific scorer, so it is a difficult one,” O’Neill said. As for Denmark, they brushed aside Wales last month, with – guess who – Eriksen scoring twice. The Irish simply have to keep him quiet in Dublin this evening. Elsewhere tonight, two old foes – the Netherlands and Germany – will do battle in Amsterdam. Both have struggled to hit the dizzy heights, as they continue to rebuild after a difficult 12 months or so respectively.