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FAI expected to confirm England friendly

Updated: Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 11:26 | Comments

Shane Long and the rest of the Ireland squad look set to face England next summer
Shane Long and the rest of the Ireland squad look set to face England next summer

The FAI are expected to officially confirm an international friendly with England at the Aviva Stadium next summer. 

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney had previously revealed that he was in talks with the England for a potential friendly next March should Ireland and England avoid each other at the Euro 2016 qualifying draw.

Both nations were kept apart in the draw held at the weekend and that fixture now looks almost certain to go ahead.

Delaney was on hand to make the draw for the AUL Nivea for Men Cup draw last night and according to the AUL twitter account, he confirmed the fixture to those present.

The game would be the first time that England have played Ireland in Dublin in 20 years after their last visit was infamously abandoned following crowd trouble from England supporters.

Ireland drew 1-1 with England at Wembley Stadium last year, when Frank Lampard stuck to cancel out Shane Long's opener.

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