ROI v Serbia preview

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has suggested that he may opt for a new central defensive partnership in Wednesday's friendly against Serbia.

O'Neill signaled his intention on Tuesday after indicating that Sunderland defender John O'Shea might start the game from the bench.

"We have a couple of players who I've a fair idea about and John would be one of those," said O'Neill.

If O'Shea is left out of the starting XI, Derby County defender Richard Keogh could start alongside Stoke's Marc Wilson in the centre of defence.

The ROI coach also hinted that his vision of an attacking brand of football where possible, a contrast to Giovanni Trapattoni's famously conservative approach.

However, he will not adopt a gung-ho approach as he attempts to mould his team and playing style.

He said: "We want to try to score more goals, and the very natural thing is you want to try to create more chances to score more goals, so that's something we would be looking to try to do if it's at all possible."