Ireland hoping for England friendly

Updated: November 14, 2011

The Republic of Ireland are hoping to arrange to a friendly against England.

With a place at next year’s European Championship’s almost certain following their 4-0 win over Estonia, the FAI are looking for a high profile game before Ireland’s appearance in Poland and the Ukraine.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John Delaney said: “I think there is a real enthusiasm, particularly from the English FA, to have England in Dublin sooner rather than later.”

Republic assistant manager Marco Tardelli refused to get carried away with the prospect of facing up to Fabio Capello and his side, preferring to focus on the second leg against the Estonian’s “For us, all teams are the same. I think in Europe, there are many strong teams,” the Italian said.

“For us, if we play against Italy or England, it’s no problem because we must play these games. The teams are not important, it is important to qualify.”

Should the game go ahead it would be a first international meeting in 16 years, when crowd trouble caused the abandonment of a game at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road in 1995 after 27 minutes.

At this stage it is not known if the match will be agreed before the draw for the finals is made on 2 December.

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