Euro 2012: Doyle replaces Cox in Republic team to play Italy

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle replaces Simon Cox in the only change to the Republic of Ireland team for their final Euro 2012 game against Italy in Poznan.

Doyle played in the opening 3-1 defeat by Croatia but Cox came in for the 4-0 loss to Spain.

Damien Duff will captain the side to mark his 100th international cap.

"It's obviously an awfully proud moment, but I would take three points ahead of 100 caps at the minute," said the Fulham winger.

The 33-year-old has been handed the armband by usual skipper Robbie Keane to mark the achievement of becoming just the fifth man to complete a century for the country.

He added: "I know how much it means to myself and my family and what have you, but I am not trying to make a big deal out of it.

"I just want to get on with the game and hopefully do the business.

"It's something that I will probably look back on maybe next week, maybe next year.

"It's a feat, but at the minute, I just want to get a good performance and a good result."

The post mortem on Ireland's showing in Poland is already under way and there has been soul-searching within the camp since Thursday night's humbling by world and European champions Spain.

Duff said: "What went wrong in this tournament? I don't know, I suppose you can just say we weren't good enough when it came to the crunch.

"They are two very disappointing results and we are looking to restore a bit of pride."

Republic of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, St Ledger, Dunne, Ward, McGeady, Whelan, Andrews, Duff, Doyle, Keane.

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