Former Republic of Ireland international Katie Taylor has received the best wishes of several current players ahead of her world title defence against Spain's Miriam Gutierrez at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Taylor crossed paths with the Irish side as they are staying at the same hotel in the English capital.

The football team are playing England on Thursday night, hoping to beat the Three Lions for the first time since 1988.

The game will be broadcast live on RTÉ2.

Taylor will defend her undisputed lightweight crown in a mandatory bout against Gutierrez after recording a second victory over Delfine Persoon in the summer.

The Bray boxer met her compatriots at a safe distance at the Hilton London Wembley, where they are staying on separate floors in their own 'bubbles’ to comply with British Government and sport regulations rules around Covid-19.

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman, Darren Randolph, Shane Duffy, Jeff Hendrick and James McClean posed with Taylor’s belts, that were sanitised before and after, before presenting her with her very own away jersey with ‘Katie 10’ printed on the back.

"It’s great to see the lads in the same hotel and have a quick ‘socially distanced’ chat and wish each other luck from our respective bubbles," said Taylor.

"I’ve always had great support from the team over the years and loved my own days playing in the green jersey.

"Football has given the country some of our greatest sporting moments over the years and hopefully the lads can kick off an Irish double at Wembley on Thursday night. 

"It’s a shame of course that we can’t have fans right now at sporting events during the pandemic but I know that regardless people will be at home cheering us on and I know that support means a lot to all of us."

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman said: "Katie’s an inspiration to the whole of Ireland, I’m looking forward to watching the fight. We wish her well this Saturday."