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27th Mar 2021

Gavin Bazunu starts in goal as Ireland team to face Luxembourg named

Patrick McCarry

Ireland team

A senior debut in goal for the former Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper.

Stephen Kenny has made three changes to his Ireland team to face Luxembourg, including starting Gavin Bazunu in goal.

Bazunu comes in for Mark Travers while Jason Knight is named in midfield and James Collins takes the place of the injured Aaron Connolly up front.

Ireland looked good for long stretches in their opening game, against Serbia, on Wednesday but conceded three goals in 30 minutes to ultimately lose 3-2.

There was one change to the matchday squad, ahead of the game, when the injured Aaron Connolly was replaced by Tottenham’s on-loan forward, Troy Parrott. Ahead of the match, Kenny spoke about much much higher the mood is in the camp without them being “decimated” by Covid cases or close contacts.

“This feels different, it feels like morale is really good. The players are very relaxed. We played well the other night and were disappointed to lose. We want to put in that level of performance [again] to get the win.”


Gavin Bazunu

Seamus Coleman
Enda Stevens
Darragh O’Shea
Ciaran Clark

Jason Knight
Josh Cullen
Alan Browne

Matt Doherty
Callum Robinson

James Collins

That means the likes of Shane Duffy, Troy Parrott, Jeff Hendrick, James McClean, Robbie Brady and Shane Long are all in reseve.