Cagliari in Sardinia is ready to host the Republic of Ireland team and supporters for their opening game against England.

Cagliari in Sardinia is the venue for the Republic of Ireland’s opening match against England on Monday 11 June and the first port of call for Irish fans.

They'll take on England in the Sant'Elia Stadium.

Stadio Sant'Elia is located just a fifteen minute walk from the city centre of Cagliari. Preparations are already underway at the stadium where new security surveillance equipment has been installed allowing them to monitor activity inside and outside the ground.

It can instantly print up photographs of potential troublemakers.

Most Irish fans will arrive on match day and leave straight after the game.

In 1988, the Republic of Ireland beat England in the European Championships thanks to Ray Houghton’s goal. The result of their opening game in the World Cup will be crucial. The English team are booked into a hotel about forty minutes outside Cagliari but as yet the Irish team still have nowhere to stay. British journalist Pete Davies, talks about England’s determination to put a few goals passed the Irish.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 May 1990. The reporter is Tommie Gorman. This was the first of a series of reports from Italy ahead of the World Cup Finals.