Reports that Ireland/England friendly scheduled for May 2015 in Dublin 8 years ago

Reports that Ireland/England friendly scheduled for May 2015 in Dublin

With the two teams avoiding each other in the Euro 2016 draw, John Delaney confirmed last night that the two countries will face off in Dublin next year.

Over 20 years since the 1995 Lansdowne Road riot, it seems England are headed back to play Ireland in a soccer match in Dublin. This morning's Star reports that after years of negotiations between the two football associations, the game will finally go ahead next year.

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The two teams did play out a 1-1 draw in Wembley last year (main pic) and now, with the Euro 2016 draw keeping the two teams separate, FAI chief Executive John  Delaney confirmed the game will go ahead at an Athletic Union League event in Dublin last night.

"We received a phone call from the FA this evening confirming the game for May next year," Delaney is quoted as saying.

March 2015 had been touted as a possible date for the long-awaited game but the way the Euro 2016 qualifiers were scheduled for both countries ruled that out. No exact date is mentioned in the story, but late May, as a warm up for both countries mid-June qualifers, seems likely.

 

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