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Norwich star Hoolahan on the bench for Ireland’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Denmark

PUBLISHED: 19:54 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 22:03 14 November 2017

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan warms-up before the FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off second leg match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan warms-up before the FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off second leg match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Wes Hoolahan starts on the bench for tonight’s World Cup qualifying play-off decider against Denmark in Dublin.

England goalkeeper Angus Gunn before the Bobby Moore Fund International match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire England goalkeeper Angus Gunn before the Bobby Moore Fund International match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

The Canaries legend was an unused substitute on Saturday night as Martin O’Neill’s team held the Danes to a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen in the first leg.

The playmaker has 41 caps for his country but at 35 years old has only started two of the last six qualifiers for the Republic.

City keeper Angus Gunn also starts on the bench for England at Wembley this evening, after being called up to the senior squad for a friendly against Brazil (8pm kick-off).

The Manchester City loanee won his 10th cap for the England U21s on Friday, playing all of a 2-0 win in Ukraine in European Championship qualifying, but was promoted following an injury to Jack Butland.

The 21-year-old is set to deputise for Joe Hart and Jordan Pickford but manager Gareth Southgate has suggested the called-up youngsters could get a chance to make their debuts.

Meanwhile in Cardiff, Norwich forward Marley Watkins is hoping to win his first cap for Wales during a friendly against Panama (7.45pm) but also starts on the bench.

The Central American nation have qualified for the World Cup but the Welsh have missed out and lost 2-0 to France in a friendly in Paris on Friday.

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