CONFIRMED: Republic of Ireland & Portugal line-ups - Ronaldo starts!

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Here is how Portugal and Republic of Ireland will line-up for tonight's international friendly at the MetLife Stadium.

Republic of Ireland starting XI: Forde; Kelly, Keogh, Ward, Pearce, McGeady, Hendrick, Meyler, Hoolahan, McClean, Walters

Portugal starting XI: Patricio; Coentrao, William Carvalho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Moutinho, Almeida, Costa, Neto, Meireles, Varela, Amorim

Portugal take on Republic of Ireland in East Rutherford, New Jersey this evening in their final World Cup warm-up game before jetting out to Brazil.

The Selecao will be hoping to depart the United States for their South American adventure on a high with a victory, having secured a scoreless draw with Greece and a 1-0 win against Mexico in their other two pre-World Cup friendlies.

All eyes are on talisman Cristiano Ronaldo as he strives to achieve full fitness before the tournament begins later this week. The 29-year-old has been dogged by niggling knee and thigh injuries of late and missed out against Greece and Mexico, but is set to play some part this time around.

The Portuguese will now be put to the test by Republic of Ireland before fully turning their attention to next Monday’s tough Group G opener with Germany, no matter Ronaldo’s status.

Martin O’Neill’s men won’t be joining this evening’s opponents in Brazil after failing to qualify under the guidance of Giovanni Trapattoni, but finish up their tour of post-season friendlies against the Iberian nation.

Ireland have fallen 2-1 to Turkey and drawn with World Cup-bound pair Italy and Costa Rica ahead of concluding their time abroad by sparring with Portugal at the MetLife Stadium.

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