Ireland may face Albania before Euro 2012

Updated: April 25, 2012

The FAI have revealed that the Albanian national team are available to play a friendly which would be held at Ireland’s Montecanti training camp in Italy on or around 30th May.

The Republic of Ireland have twice previously played Albania.  Both matches were as part of the qualifying campaign for the 1994 World Cup.  Ireland enjoyed a 2-0 win in Dublin before earning a hard fought 2-1 triumph with a Steve Staunton free-kick equalizing an early Albanian strike and Tony Cascarino netting a header 12 minutes from time for the Irish.

Delaney added that the game would offer no financial incentive — the alternative is a clash with a local Serie C side.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni wants a game for those players who aren’t involved in the Dublin send-off against Bosniia on May 26. Ireland’s final warm-up is a friendly with Hungary in Budapest on 4th June.

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney has said that the final decision about going ahead with the Albania would be left to the manager.  He also revealed that the Italian will name his final Ireland squad of 23 on 7th May and will also place a few players on standby.

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