David Meyler named as captain for Ireland's team taking on Moldova

Ireland players Cyrus Christie Rob Elliot Conor Hourihane Eunan O’Kane Kevin Long Callum O’Dowda Richard Keogh and Darren Randolph at training

David Meyler named as captain for Ireland's team taking on Moldova

"We did qualify for the Euros, we're still in the mix for this one, so one out of one at the minute is not too bad".

Chris Coleman's team lie second in Group D, which also contains neighbours Republic of Ireland, behind leaders Serbia who are on 18 points - four ahead of the home country.

The final rounds of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup take place between October 5 and October 10.

O'Bryne and the association fended off considerable flak from the media and supporters that this was premature. They beat Germany 1-0 in Dublin two years ago to revive their Euro 2016 hopes, and came out on the right end of the same scoreline to see off Italy and clinch a place in the last 16 at the finals - and Christie believes those memories could prove key.

At the time of writing, Portugal, Northern Ireland, Denmark and Italy are in the driving seat, but a win in Slovenia would place them in contention for a two-legged play-off tie, although those six points against Malta won't be counted - thus leaving them on 14 points.

It's the stage where a number of nations have already booked their place at next summer's World Cup, while others still have plenty to do in order to be involved in Russian Federation 2018. In the process, he earned a two-year extension.

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Meyler is joined by Wes Hoolahan, Jeff Hendrick, Shane Long and Ciaran Clark for the first round of World Cup Qualifiers.

Manchester United legend Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill have penned new deals with the FAI. The criticism of the management duo of O'Neill and Keane has been more for the content of the matches than the results.

Before his new contract was announced he had set out his reasons for optimism.

All eyes are set on Gareth Southgate's England side this fortnight as the Three Lions only need to accumulate one victory from two outings to concrete a place in Russian Federation for the World Cup.

"That will all be left, it's logical to leave everything until all the games are complete", said Delaney.

"People have opinions about whether the team play in a certain style or what should be the starting eleven". "The time with myself and Ireland has been good for him".

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