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Tuesday media watch [10.09.19]: Hourihane set for new role

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Tuesday media watch [10.09.19]: Hourihane set for new role

Irish Examiner: Conor Hourihane will step into the breach for Ireland against Bulgaria as manager Mick McCarthy considers possible solutions to a fast-approaching problem. The Aston Villa midfielder will line up at left-back at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening with Enda Stevens – who has started all five Euro 2020 qualifiers to date in that role – suspended for October’s trip to Georgia after picking up three yellow cards.

RTE: Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Conor Hourihane will start at left-back for Ireland in Tuesday night's friendly international against Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium. It is a case of "nothing ventured, nothing gained" admitted the manager who needs to name a replacement left back for next month's Euro 2020 qualifier as Enda Stevens misses out through suspension. With no regular left back in the squad other than Stevens, the manager decided against calling someone up to the squad and instead asked Hourihane to slot in.

Irish Times: Having had such a settled side for Ireland’s competitive games so far in this campaign, Mick McCarthy will allow a few of his supporting cast a spell in the spotlight against Bulgaria on Tuesday. It is hard to imagine what any of them would actually have to do to change his thinking for Tbilisi, but failing to give their all, he suggests, will certainly be remembered should one of his regulars be hit by the proverbial bus between now and the middle of October. The Ireland manager was coy about the scale of change he envisages when it comes to naming his starting line up, but the one he confirmed came as quite a surprise, with Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane, it seems, set to slot in at left back in place of Enda Stevens.

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Sky Sports: Sergio Ramos has lauded Paul Pogba as "one of the great players" and is hopeful the Manchester United midfielder will join him at Real Madrid in the future. Pogba and his agent, Mino Raiola, both said during the summer he wanted to leave Old Trafford for a new challenge, but United refused to sell the France international.

BBC Sport: England boss Gareth Southgate expects a "completely different challenge" from Kosovo to the one his side faced against Bulgaria on Saturday. England host Kosovo in Euro 2020 qualifying at Southampton's St Mary's on Tuesday having beaten Bulgaria 4-0. "It will be a very different style of game," said Southgate.

Sky Sports: Jadon Sancho will start for England against Kosovo at St Mary's tonight, Sky Sports News understands, with Marcus Rashford dropping to the bench. Gareth Southgate revealed in his pre-match news conference that he would be freshening up in his side in the wake of Saturday's 4-0 defeat of Bulgaria.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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By @AVFCOfficial 10th September 2019