Qatar v Ireland LIVE start time, score updates and more from the international friendly
The Republic of Ireland will close out a disappointing March international window this evening as they take on Qatar in a friendly clash.
Stephen Kenny's side clash with the 2022 World Cup hosts after they were drawn in a group featuring Qatar, with the game not counting towards the World Cup qualifiers.The Boys in Green are still searching for their first win under Kenny after a disappointing 2020 spilled into 2021.
A 3-2 defeat to Serbia in Belgrade hinted that Ireland had made progress since November, but a dismal defeat by Luxembourg last weekend means Kenny is under pressure to turn things around.
Kick-off tonight is at 7.45 pm and we'll have all the build-up and score updates when play gets underway.
Republic of Ireland Squad - Qatar Friendly
Goalkeepers: Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth), Gavin Bazunu (Rochdale, on loan from Manchester City), Kieran O'Hara (Burton Albion).
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Shane Duffy (Celtic, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).
Midfielders: Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Jayson Molumby (Preston North End, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Jason Knight (Derby County), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Conor Coventry (West Ham United).
Wingers: Robbie Brady (Burnley), James McClean (Stoke City), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).
Ireland's Knight wants to show fight that has Rooney singing his praises
To be compared to Wayne Rooney is no mean feat - especially when it is Wayne Rooney himself making the comparison.
As Derby County's manager, Rooney handed Jason Knight the club captaincy and then ruled out a Premier League move in January for the young Dubliner, despite interest from Burnley.
"He's very vocal, which is very rare for a young player these days," said Rooney.
"He gives everything in training - tackling, running. Very similar to the way I was at his age.
'I was a player who believed at 20 that I should be captain of Manchester United.
"I told Alex Ferguson that in the Champions League against Roma away, and I know Jason Knight is exactly the same."
Stephen Kenny has refuted Tony Cascarino’s stinging claim that he is “tactically ignorant” but does admit his Irish attack is misfiring.
And the under-pressure boss also insists he is not asking too much, too soon of the young players in his squad as they feel the heat of Ireland’s World Cup meltdown.
Kenny has shipped flak for breaking away from his preferred 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations to experiment with 3-5-2 and 3-4-1-2 against Serbia and Luxembourg.
Particularly so in Saturday's horror show against the group minnows when Ireland spent large periods of the 1-0 defeat with five men across the back.
Thanks for joining us as we look forward to this friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and Qatar in Hungary.
This will be Stephen Kenny's 11th match in charge of the Boys in Green and he will not need reminding that he is still looking for his first win.
This evening might a friendly but it is a match that Kenny will be desperate to win as the national team take a six-month break before their next World Cup qualifier against Portugal.
Faced with criticism from many quarter sfor playing inexperienced players in the losses to Serbia and Luxembourg, it will be interesting to see if Kenny keeps faith in youth tonight.
While Ireland have got to figure out a way of becoming a more attacking threat, having struggled to create chances against Luxembourg last time out.
RTÈ 2 will broadcast the game and coverage begins at 7 pm, with kick-off at 7:45 pm. The match will also be available to stream on RTÉ Player.