Ireland's Future Starting XI? Giovanni Trapattoni Take Note.

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Ireland's Future Starting XI? Giovanni Trapattoni Take Note.
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A faltering qualification campaign, an aging squad (not to mention manager), and that's not even mentioning a country in financial turmoil. Is there anything to be happy about in the world of Irish football? It would seem so.

Ireland take on Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the Nations Cup next month. Essentially a glorified string of friendlies, as it is the perfect opportunity to have a look at some young, new players.

And with a new set of faces, why not a new style? I'm opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation favored by the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool and the German national team.

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