Saturday 15 December 2018

Northern Ireland Aviva-bound but Brazil plan on long finger


Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Ireland's autumn schedule has been filled by another trip to Poland and an Aviva Stadium friendly with Northern Ireland.

But a summer meeting with Brazil is not believed to be on the agenda although it's understood they were viewed as a potential option.

Martin O'Neill and his side will travel to Poland for a friendly meeting on Tuesday, September 11 - five days after the Nations League opener away to Wales.

They will also welcome Northern Ireland to Dublin on Thursday, November 15 for the first public meeting between the countries since the Carling Nations Cup in 2011; they did play a behind-closed-doors game in 2015.

Ireland will play a home friendly in Dublin in June and an announcement is expected this week, but a return to Ireland for Brazil is not on the agenda for 2018.

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