England team to make return to Lansdowne
SOCCER chiefs have described violence at Ireland-England matches as a thing of the past – with news of the first Lansdowne Road friendly between the two sides since trouble broke out in 1995.
Martin O'Neill's side will take on England on June 7, 2015 – 20 years after a game at the Dublin venue was abandoned due to hooligans tearing up the stadium on February 15, 1995.
"It will be a significant moment for England to play in Dublin again, and due to the hard work by both organisations on many fronts we fully expect it to be a fantastic occasion enjoyed by both sets of fans," said Adrian Bevington, managing director of Club England – a part of England's Football Association (FA).
The announcement of the 2015 game was made yesterday on the opening day of President Michael D Higgins' official visit to Britain.