A Republic of Ireland player has tested positive for Covid-19 just two days before the team's friendly against England at Wembley.

The FAI confirmed the player, who has not been named, had tested positive for the virus but said he had no close contacts and that all other members of the panel and back-room staff had returned negative results.

"The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that one member of the senior men's international team has tested positive for Covid-19," the statement read.

"The player has been isolated from the group as per Covid-19 protocols, and the HSE and UEFA have been informed of this development.

"The player is asymptomatic and feeling well. There are no close contacts of the player and the rest of the staff and squad tested negative ahead of Thursday's international friendly against England."

Last month, Jack Byrne tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of the Nations League clash with Wales, with a number of Ireland players having to withdraw from the game as they were deemed to be close contacts. 

Before that, Adam Idah and Aaron Connolly were ruled out of the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Slovakia as a result of being a close contact of a non-playing member of the travelling party, who tested positive for the coronavirus.

That case later proved to be a false positive.