The Republic of Ireland will play Bulgaria and New Zealand in two friendlies at the Aviva Stadium later this year, with both games being screened live on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player.

Mick McCarthy's men welcome Bulgaria to the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, September 10, five days after the Boys in Green host Switzerland in their Euro 2020 Group D Qualifier.

The Bulgarians travel to Wembley to take on England in Group A three days before coming to Dublin.

Ireland will face New Zealand on Thursday, November 14, four days before their final qualifier, a potentially crucial home clash with familiar foes Denmark.

Bulgaria are currently 46th on the FIFA world rankings. They finished second in their UEFA Nations League group thanks to  wins over Slovenia, Norway and Cyprus. They last visited Dublin in March 2009 when the teams played out a 1-1 draw.

Ireland have never played against New Zealand at senior level. The All Whites will become the 80th different country we've faced since 1926. 

The two friendly games bring the total of internationals over the next 12 months up to 10 - six of which will be played on home soil.