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England set for friendly in Dublin next year

FAI chief executive John Delaney confirmed that the teams will meet in 2015.

Shane Long is tackled by Michael Carrick when the teams met last May.
Shane Long is tackled by Michael Carrick when the teams met last May.
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IRELAND COULD FACE England in an international friendly in Dublin next year.

Earlier this month, FAI chief executive John Delaney said he was “hopeful” of agreeing a match between the teams in March 2015 and, after the nations were kept apart in Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualification draw, it looks likely to get the green light.

Speaking at an AUL event in Dublin last night, Delaney confirmed that the friendly will take place at the Aviva Stadium next year but didn’t reveal a date.

The sides met for the first time since 1995 at Wembley last May when a Shane Long header earned Ireland a 1-1 draw while next year marks the 20th anniversary of the infamous Lansdowne Road riots.

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