Stephen Kelly will captain the Republic of Ireland when they take on Uruguay in a friendly in Dublin tomorrow.
The Fulham full-back, who has won 20 caps, will step in after normal skipper Robbie Keane was allowed to return to his club, West Ham, following the Euro 2012 qualifying win over Macedonia.
Kelly will be part of a back four which is sure to be tested by the South Americans, who reached the semi-finals at last year’s World Cup in South Africa.
But the 27-year-old will be desperate to marshal his troops to a clean sheet and the betting odds on Ireland managing to shut out Uruguay are currently 11/5 at bwin.com, meaning a successful £10 bet would return £32.
In addition to Keane, boss Giovanni Trapattoni has decided to release Kelly’s Fulham team-mate Damien Duff, plus Richard Dunne, Kevin Kilbane and the injured Kevin Doyle.
As a result, the wily old Italian will abandon his traditional 4-4-2 system in favour of a five-man midfield containing Andy Keogh, Liam Lawrence, Keith Fahey, James McCarthy and Paul Green.
Kelly will be partnered by Ciaran Clark, Darren O’Dea and Kevin Foley at the back, with Shane Long operating as a lone striker and Keiren Westwood continuing in goal in the absence of Shay Given.
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