With only hours to go before the Republic of Ireland face England at the 1990 World Cup RTÉ News samples the atmosphere.

For those who could not get to Italy for the World Cup an 'Italian village' has been set up at the RDS in Dublin. 7,000 fans will pass through Italian customs control entering an area of bars and restaurants. Once inside entertainment will be provided by the Dublin City Ramblers, the Garda band and medieval flag throwers from Florence. One of the organisers Michael Dawson expects that for the game,

The atmosphere will be far better here than at the real match in Italy because of the 7,000 Irish fans all together.     

The report also features pre match thoughts from players Kevin Moran of Ireland and Gary Lineker of England.

A vox pop in Dublin has citizens wishing the team well, while in Italy Irish fans are already singing.

An RTÉ News report broadcast 11 June 1990. The reporter is Vere Wynne Jones.