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The Republic of Ireland go into this Saturday's UEFA Nations League encounter against Scotland in desperate need of a victory. The Boys in Green have had the worst possible start to their Nations League campaign - losing to Armenia (A) and Ukraine (H) in their opening two fixtures. Stephen Kenny's side will look to bounce back this weekend.
Ireland host neighbours Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. The Boys in Green remain winless after 12 UEFA Nations League fixtures and Irish fans will want that record to change soon. The Scotland encounter will be one of two remaining international games left for Ireland in June. Kenny's team will conclude their four-game window when they travel to Lodz, Poland to face Ukraine next Tuesday, June 14.
Kenny announced a 27-man squad for the Nations League fixtures. Goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu has since been ruled out of the remaining games due to injury and his replacement James Talbot has also suffered a knock. Bristol City's Max O'Leary has been added to the squad while captain Seamus Coleman and defender John Egan have been ruled out of the Scotland fixture due to injuries. See the full squad below:
— FAIreland ⚽️ (@FAIreland) May 25, 2022
27-man squad named for UEFA Nations League fixtures in June
Michael Obafemi returns ✅
First senior call-ups for Festy Ebosele & CJ Hamilton
14/06 | #COYBIG | #WeAreOne pic.twitter.com/Po8nHXhmP7
Saturday's opposition, Scotland, opened their Nations League campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Armenia on Wednesday. Steve Clarke's side were defeated 3-1 by Ukraine at Hampden Park in the World Cup playoff semi-final last week which ended their hopes of qualifying for this year's tournament in Qatar.
Start your day with the full highlights from our UEFA Nations League win over Armenia on Wednesday night.— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) June 10, 2022
Next up, we travel to Dublin to face Republic of Ireland in a 5pm kick-off tomorrow evening.#SCOARM pic.twitter.com/CI7VecRaAW
Scotland's squad includes a host of well-known players who play in the Premier League. Liverpool's Andy Robertson is the stand-out name while Aston Villa's John McGinn, Manchester United's McTominay and Southampton duo Stuart Armstrong and Che Adams are also in the Scottish squad.
Steve Clarke has named his Scotland squad for our upcoming FIFA World Cup Play-off and UEFA Nations League fixtures. pic.twitter.com/9DnIo8LPPo— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) May 23, 2022
WHAT THEY SAID
After the Ukraine defeat, Stephen Kenny said he wants his team to produce a big performance against Scotland following their disappointing start to the Nations League.
“We’re disappointed in the last couple of games. I think we are building something really progressive," he said.
“Statistically we are not backing that up, I know that, but I think we’re building something really progressive and I think people can see that.
“We weren’t perfect today (against Ukraine), we were OK and played well in spells. People have seen a lot of progression in the matches over the last 12 games.
“Obviously we have introduced a huge number of players who are getting better. We have missed a few players in this camp, but that is part of it, we can’t use that as an excuse.
“But we have to dust ourselves down. We have no points after these two games. We should have more on the board, but we don’t. We just need to try and get a big win against Scotland on Saturday.”
Saturday's UEFA Nations League game will kick-off at 5pm at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
The match will be live on RTE2 with coverage starting at 4.15pm. The game will also be live on Premier 1 with coverage beginning at 4.15pm.
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