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A disgusted Jack Charlton at the Ireland v England friendly at Landsdowne Road. Photo: Tom Burke

A disgusted Jack Charlton at the Ireland v England friendly at Landsdowne Road. Photo: Tom Burke

A disgusted Jack Charlton at the Ireland v England friendly at Landsdowne Road. Photo: Tom Burke

FORMER Ireland manager Jack Charlton has turned down a special invite to watch Ireland play England in Wembley.

Instead, he has opted to watch it from the comfort of his own home.

Big Jack – who led Ireland to Euro '88 and two World Cup tournaments – was invited to attend this Wednesday's friendly as a guest of the English FA.

But the 78-year-old had to turn down the invite due to a prior commitment.

"I've been invited down to the game by the English FA but I've got something on that day so I'm not going. To be honest, I don't know anything about the Irish team. I couldn't tell you who is in goal, who is centre-back or who is up front.

"Both managers have had to pick up a lot of young players that they haven't had in the team before so it will be an interesting game," he said.

Jack will be watching it at home – but without a pint of Guinness.

"I will be sat here in front of the telly watching it. I'd loved to have watched it in with a pint of Guinness but, unfortunately, that won't happen because I can't get it here."

Big Jack added: "I will just try and enjoy the game. I hope England play well and that Ireland play well. I hope the Irish fans enjoyed it, they have always been great to me."

jlast@herald.ie


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