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Whelan Ireland

Glenn Whelan and Jon Walters both started in Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Sweden.

The Green Army will be relatively pleased with the point, although it could have been more in Paris.

Wes Hoolahan’s excellent volley put the Irish ahead, but Walters was forced off shortly after, having failed to sufficiently recover from the Achilles injury that threatened to keep him out of the match.

Whelan played the full 90 minutes of the Euro 2016 Group E opener, running himself into the ground for his country. He made more passes than any of his team-mates, as well as intercepting the ball four times- twice more than any other man on the pitch.

Shay Given was left on the bench for the match, and Ireland go into their next fixture against Belgium with real hope of progressing through to the knockout stages.

Elsewhere, Xherdan Shaqiri set up the only goal of Switzerland’s match against Albania om Saturday. Fabian Schar with the header from Shaqiri’s corner to give the Swiss a winning start in Group A.

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