FAI line up England friendlies in London and Dublin

Updated: September 11, 2012

It has been reported that the Republic of Ireland will play England in an international friendly next year as part of the Football Association’s 150-year anniversary celebrations.

The game at Wembley, pencilled in for May 2013, will be a momentous occasion and a chance to put a difficult recent past behind.

The last time the two countries met the north of Ireland was gripped in The Troubles and the game at Lansdowne Road was full of nervous political tension.

The tension soon boiled over as England fans stormed the pitch in Dublin and the clash in February 1995 was postponed after just 27 minutes of play.

It is a great achievement for the FAI, who tried to secure a friendly with England this year before the teams were drawn as possibilities for a Euro 2012 quarter-final.

As the game is being played at Wembley it is believed the FAI will be owed a return fixture and a game at the Aviva Stadium should prove an attractive proposition for fans.

William Hill Sports

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