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Republic of Ireland to play friendlies against England in London in 2013 and Dublin in 2014

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 16:15 | Comments

Niall Quinn scored the equaliser the last time the Boys in Green visited Wembley, in 1991 David Kelly got on the score sheet in the abandoned game in 1995 The English FA have confirmed that they will host the Republic of Ireland next May
Niall Quinn scored the equaliser the last time the Boys in Green visited Wembley, in 1991 David Kelly got on the score sheet in the abandoned game in 1995 The English FA have confirmed that they will host the Republic of Ireland next May

It has been confirmed that the Republic of Ireland will play England in two friendly fixtures - in London in May 2013 and in Dublin in November 2014.

The English FA confirmed the Wembley fixture this morning. The game will be played on 29 May 2013.

The FAI said this afternoon that a reciprocal match, to be played at Aviva Stadium, is provisionally scheduled for November 2014. 

The game next May will be the first meeting of the sides since the abandoned fixture at Lansdowne Road 17 years ago.

A David Kelly goal had given Ireland a 1-0 lead when the match was abandoned due to rioting English fans.

The teams last met at Wembley in a European Championship qualification tie in 1991 - a match that finished 1-1, with Lee Dixon and Niall Quinn the scorers.

For the English FA, the high-profile fixture is in keeping with their 150th anniversary celebrations while it will also prove a financial boost to the FAI.

Ireland will play the Faroe Islands in a World Cup qualifier nine days later.

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