Friday, April 29, 2011

Ireland v England friendly international set for February 2012

According to news reports on Irish radio this morning the FAI have secured a glamour friendly game against England in February 2012. It was reported last December that the FAI were in talks with the English Football Association to secure a friendly international between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium in June next year, however due to fixture congestion in June the game is being planned for late February.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni reportedly spoke with his compatriot Fabio Capello, the England boss, about the possibility of a game between the two sides.

The game, if confirmed, will be the first senior international between the two countries since the Landsdowne Road game of 1995 - a game which was famously abandoned after 28 minutes when English fans rioted and ripped out seating after David Kelly had put Ireland ahead in the game.