Kenny Cunningham on Ireland "shying away" from the diamond and adjusting Robbie Brady's role

Ex-Ireland defender chats to Off The Ball as Ireland move on from Sweden to Belgium

BY Raf Diallo 23:07 Tuesday 14 June 2016, 23:07 14 Jun 2016

Ireland's Robbie Brady after the game ©INPHO/James Crombie

Kenny Cunningham feels a move away from the diamond midfield formation may be the best game-plan for Ireland in their second Euro 2016 fixture against Belgium.

The diamond formation worked for the most part in the 1-1 draw with Sweden, while Italy exposed Belgium's weaknesses last night.

Speaking to Off The Ball tonight, Kenny feels a move to the 4-5-1 could be the best way of setting up against Belgium on Saturday.

"Things went so well for us [against Sweden], the obvious thing would be maybe to keep the diamond system and maybe a straight swap for Jonathan Walters, whether it be Daryl Murphy or Robbie Keane playing up front. Personally, myself, I wouldn't. I'd shy away from it and look towards more of the 4-5-1 with the central striker Shane Long," said Kenny.

The former Ireland defender would also like to see Robbie Brady further up the field from left-back after an outstanding performance in Paris.

"Every time he gets to the edge of that opposition box, something happens. Every time I see that I think to myself can we get him a bit higher up the pitch? Can we get his starting position 20 yards higher? I feel that as well as he's playing for us at left-back, I just feel his creativity and his invention and his quality high up the pitch, it's something that could be a huge asset to us."

He also picked out what Ireland did well - and not so well - tactically against Sweden:


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