Republic of Ireland to play Oman in London

Updated: August 10, 2012

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The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed that its senior men’s team will play Oman in an international friendly at Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage.

The fixture will take place at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 11th September.  With Oman already deep into their quest for qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and with the Republic of Ireland about to embark on their campaign, this match will mark the first occasion that the teams have played against each other.

The Republic of Ireland have previously played two friendlies at Craven Cottage, which will also be of added interest for Fulham regulars Damien Duff and Stephen Kelly to play at their domestic home ground.

“Everyone knows the Republic has the best supporters in the world, so we are expecting there to be a great atmosphere and are looking forward to welcoming Oman and their fans to Fulham’s home ground” said Stephen Kelly.

Commenting on the match, Giovanni Trapattoni said: “I am looking forward to returning to Craven Cottage for this match which will be a useful opportunity to prepare further for our World Cup Qualification campaign.”

Oman’s current manager Paul Le Guen, an ex France International, who has also managed Lyon, Rangers and Paris Saint-Germain, said: “This match will be a good test for both teams and Craven Cottage is a fantastic Premier League ground that will add to the occasion.”

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