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Team news: Lucy Quinn & Littlejohn start at Aviva

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Eileen Gleeson has made two changes to her Republic of Ireland side for tonight’s Euro 2025 qualifier against England at the Aviva Stadium.

Ruesha Littlejohn comes into midfield in place of Megan Connolly, with Lucy Quinn getting the nod on the right over Emily Murphy.

Anna Patten wins her second cap having made her debut in last Friday’s 1-0 defeat to France, while Aoife Mannion retains her spot alongside Louise Quinn and Caitlin Hayes at the back.

Katie McCabe will likely play ahead of Mannion on the left as the Girls in Green look to pull off a major shock against the reigning European champions.

England boss Sarina Wiegman confirmed yesterday that Leah Williamson would be making her first international start in a year. The Arsenal defender suffered an ACL injury in April 2023 that ruled her out of the World Cup. She replaces Lotte Wubben-Moy in central defence.

Wiegman has also opted to go with Chelsea’s Hannah Hampton between the sticks, dropping Mary Earps to the bench.

England drew 1-1 with Sweden in their opening qualifier at Wembley.

Republic of Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Heather Payne, Caitlin Hayes, Louise Quinn, Anna Patten, Aoife Mannion; Lucy Quinn, Ruesha Littlejohn, Denise O’Sullivan, Katie McCabe (capt); Kyra Carusa

England: Hannah Hampton; Lucy Bronze, Leah Williamson (capt), Alex Greenwood, Jess Carter; Jess Park, Keira Walsh, Ella Toone; Lauren Hemp, Lauren James, Alessia Russo


Watch Republic of Ireland v England in Euro 2025 qualifying tonight from 7pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player, follow a live blog on rte.ie/sport and the RTÉ News app and listen to commentary on 2fm’s Game On

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