The Republic of Ireland will play England in a international friendly at Wembley Stadium next month. 

The Ireland squad will base themselves in England ahead of the match which will be followed by UEFA Nations League games away to Wales and home to Bulgaria.

The match will take place on Thursday 12 November in an 8pm kick-off. 

Stephen Kenny's side were due to play Bosnia-Herzegovina away, but with the complications of travel, and the home side seeking a different opposition, the FAI were seeking another fixture. 

England were due to host New Zealand, but again travel logistics ended that possibility. 

The friendly will represent Ireland’s first game against England since a scoreless draw at the Aviva Stadium in June 2015. The sides drew 1-1 at Wembley in May 2013.

"It’s a high quality game for the team. With minimal travel between London, Cardiff and Dublin in these changed times, it is better for us logistically with player welfare paramount," said Ireland manager Stephen Kenny.

"It helps ensure we will have our strongest possible squad available for all three matches."

FAI Gary Owens said the approach from England was very welcome: "We are delighted to accept this invitation to play at Wembley from the English FA. There is something very special about any game against England and I know our supporters will look forward to this match, even if they can’t be there."

The game will be played behind closed doors.