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Monday, 13 November, 2000, 19:43 GMT
Kinsella to captain Republic
Mark Kinsella
Mark Kinsella will earn his 20th cap on Wednesday
Mark Kinsella will take over from the injured Roy Keane as Republic of Ireland captain for Wednesday's friendly against Finland at Lansdowne Road.

Manager Mick McCarthy nominated Kinsella as the perfect replacement, and the Charlton captain will partner Ipswich Town's Matt Holland in the Irish midfield.

Charlton goalkeeper Dean Kiely joined Keane, Sunderland striker Nail Quinn and Derby County's utility man Rory Delap as absentees for Wednesday's match.

Kiely sustained a shoulder injury in Charlton's 2-0 defeat by Ipswich on Saturday.

Deserves honour

McCarthy has no immediate plans to call up replacements, although there could be places for Manchester United reserve defender John O'Shea and Sunderland striker Michael Reddy.

Both have trained with the Irish squad this week although they are not officially members of it.

"Mark Kinsella deserves this honour with his performances in winning 19 caps since his debut against the Czech Republic three years ago," said McCarthy.

"It's a measure of the stature and respect he has achieved since coming into the Irish side."

Infrequent appearances

Despite striker Robbie Keane's infrequent appearances for Italian giants Inter Milan since his mid-summer move from Coventry City, McCarthy gives him a full vote of confidence.

"Robbie will always be in my starting line-up.

Matt Holland
Matt Holland will start against Finland

"I had a long chat with him by telephone last week and I know that he has to be patient waiting for the chance at such a big club as Inter Milan," added the Irish boss.

In the absence of Quinn, Watford's Dominic Foley is likely to pick up his sixth cap partnering Keane in attack.

Carr knock

Tottenham defender Stephen Carr, still in negotiations with the White Hart Lane club regarding his future, took no part in Monday's training session after picking up a knock in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

But it looks as if he will win his 16th cap.

Finland arrived in Dublin on Monday with the news that Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia is ruled out by injury, although Barcelona's Jari Litmanen is a certain starter in attack along with Charlton's Jonatan Johansson.

Respective managers McCarthy and Antti Muurinen will not name their starting line-ups until after Tuesday's training sessions.

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