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Black Cats in action

by Ashley Houghton

A look ahead to tonight's international fixtures.

James McClean will be looking to feature for the Republic of Ireland as Giovanni Trapattoni’s side take on world and European champions Spain in New York on Tuesday.

Keiren Westwood is ruled out of the friendly at the Yankee Stadium due to injury. The clash will be the Irish’s fourth game in two weeks, and O’Shea isn’t expected to feature after playing in two of the previous three games.

McClean has featured in all three, though he is yet to complete 90 minutes, so he is likely to play against Spain.

The Spaniards are without a defeat in 22 games with their last defeat coming in November 2011 when a Frank Lampard goal was enough to secure victory for England at Wembley.

Ireland were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Spain in the last encounter between the two sides in the group stages of Euro 2012.

Meanwhile, Seb Larsson’s Sweden will look to go level with Ireland in Group C of the European Qualifiying stages of the World Cup.

Larsson’s side host the Faroe Islands in Solna knowing they have to win to keep tabs on both Ireland and Austria in their search for a playoff place.

The Swedes will fancy their chances against the Faroe Islands as the visitors have lost all five of their qualification fixtures.

Elsewhere, Connor Wickham will look to record his 16th England under-21 cap when Stuart Pearce’s side travel to Jerusalem for the final game of the UEFA under-21 European Championship campaign.

The young Lions are already out, though they will look to finish on a high against the hosts who could qualify if they win by a heavy margin and Norway lose to Italy.