Ireland confirm Dublin England friendly
Published 12/09/2012 | 17:22
England are to face Ireland in Dublin for the first time since fans forced their last encounter to be abandoned.
It had been announced earlier in the day that England will host the Irish at Wembley on May 29, this coming after the visit of Brazil on February 5 as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations.
An FAI spokesman said: "The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that it will play reciprocal away and home friendly matches against England.
"The first match will take place in Wembley on May 29, 2013 and will form part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations, while the reciprocal match, to be played at Aviva Stadium, is provisionally scheduled for November 2014."
The game in Dublin will represent a significant landmark for the two countries, who have not met in the city since 1995 when England supporters at Lansdowne Road, now revamped as the Aviva Stadium, tore up seats and hurled missiles after David Kelly had put the home side 1-0 ahead.
Five-times World Cup winners Brazil will also visit Wembley in February as part of a two-match arrangement that will see England head to South America for a short tour in June immediately after their date with the Giovanni Trapattoni's men, which will be Ireland's first visit to the stadium since 1991.
For the FA, the high-profile fixtures are in keeping with the rest of their 150th anniversary celebrations. A match against Scotland has already been confirmed for August, with another fixture planned - possibly against Uruguay - next summer.
Club England managing director Adrian Bevington said: "2013 is a landmark year for The FA and an exciting England fixture programme in addition to Wembley hosting the UEFA Champions League Final will form a key part of the celebrations.
"As the most successful footballing nation, with great players and supporters, it will be fantastic to launch this important year in English football's history against such outstanding opponents as Brazil. We also look forward to hosting Ireland and Scotland at Wembley next year. These matches are sure to evoke great passion among supporters."