Ireland vs. Kazakhstan: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
Ireland vs. Kazakhstan, Aviva Stadium in Dublin
Tuesday, 15 October 2013, 19.45 (BST)
Ireland finish their campaign against Kazakhstan on Tuesday at @AVIVAStadium— FAI (@FAIreland) October 11, 2013
The Republic of Ireland take on Kazakhstan in Dublin on Tuesday in the final round of qualification games for the 2014 World Cup, with both sides now unable to qualify for next summer's tournament.
With Noel King in temporary command, the Irish will hope to bounce back from defeat in Germany to earn a morale-boosting victory to complete the qualification cycle.
It won't be easy for whoever eventually comes in to command the side, with the Irish talent pool not as deep as it has been in past years. However, there are good players available, and the feeling is that Giovanni Trapattoni was not getting the best out of those available.
Winger Aiden McGeady, though, told the Irish Times' Emmet Malone that the weight of expectation on the team to qualify was perhaps unrealistic given the strength of opposition:
We have the players to do well but possibly the expectation from outside is a little bit too much at times.
Every campaign we’re expected to qualify and I just don’t think that’s realistic at the minute. Look at the teams we’ve played recently – Germany , Sweden , Austria – they were better than us.
Veteran striker Robbie Keane is a doubt for the encounter and will undergo a late fitness test, per Sky Sports, while Richard Dunne and John O'Shea will return at centre-back following suspension, per the Guardian.
With so many players returning from suspension and injury, King has admitted that he faces a much tougher task picking his side than for the encounter in Germany, per Irish Times.
Whichever players make the cut, Ireland will be expected to finish the campaign with a win over their Kazakh opponents in front of a passionate home crowd.
It may well be that some of the side's veteran players decide to call time on their international career following the game and they will be determined to end the campaign on a high.
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