Ireland to face England in Wembley friendly next month

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny during a Republic of Ireland training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin.

The Republic of Ireland will face England in a friendly at Wembley Stadium on 12 November, the English FA has confirmed.

Stephen Kenny’s men will replace New Zealand who withdrew from their friendly arrangement with England due to uncertainty regarding squad selection created by the shifting nature of travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fixture is scheduled to take place behind closed doors, and will precede Ireland’s Nations League fixtures at Wales (15 November) and at home to Bulgaria (18 November).

Ireland’s last meeting with England was a goalless draw at the Aviva Stadium in June 2015, while their most recent Wembley encounter finished 1-1 in May 2013 with Frank Lampard cancelling out a spectacular Shane Long header.

The Boys in Green are unbeaten in seven against the English, their last defeat a 2-1 friendly reversal at Wembley in 1985.

In June, the Fifa Council approved for this year’s October and November international windows to be extended so that Uefa nations could play three games in order to mitigate against the loss of earnings as a result of fixtures being postponed in March.

England will travel to Belgium and host Iceland on 15 and 18 November following their friendly fixture with Ireland.

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