FAI line up Holland for Dublin friendly
Published 15/12/2015 | 02:30
The FAI are on the verge of announcing that Holland will visit the Aviva Stadium next May for Ireland's last Dublin friendly before departing for the European Championships.
Securing a date with the Dutch would be a coup for the Abbotstown hierarchy as Danny Blind's side are in demand on account of their failure to qualify for France.
The FAI made early contact with their Dutch counterparts with a view to finalising a game, and a number of other qualifiers duly followed suit as they sought to finalise their summer plans.
But it's understood that Martin O'Neill's side will get the opportunity to prepare for France by taking on the shock absentees who are currently on a rebuilding mission under Blind. They are already pencilled in for a Wembley trip in March to take on England.
O'Neill will be in Dublin this week to hold discussions with FAI chief executive John Delaney about the overall plan before the tournament. A short training camp in either Austria or Spain is a real possibility, while the FAI are understood to be close to securing a deal for their preferred tournament base in Versailles.