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Thursday 26 April 2018

What happens next

A team from the FAI are in Poland and Ukraine looking at possible training camps. However, it will be difficult for them to reach a final decision until after the draw.

December 2

The draw for the final groupings takes place in Kiev. This will impact upon friendly arrangements. If Ireland land England, then their planned friendly in the summer will be postponed. But if England draw Holland, then their trip to Dublin could be brought forward to February -- Fabio Capello's men are currently scheduled to play the Dutch then.

February 29

The only friendly match between now and next summer. For reasons outlined above, Ireland are yet to confirm their opponents. Potentially a last chance for some of the fringe players to make a strong case.

May 13

End of the Premier League season. It finishes earlier than normal this year to leave a four- week break until the start of Euro 2012.

May 21

Irish squad are likely to meet up this week, with Trapattoni keen for a training camp abroad. A number of options have been floated, including Portugal and Sardinia. Trapattoni will also explore the possibility of training matches. With a view to arranging games against other countries, the Italian wants the FAI to seek out teams with a similar style to their final opponents rather than prioritising financially attractive fixtures.

June 2

An international friendly date, although games can technically be arranged a day or two either side. This is the most likely day for the England visit if it doesn't happen in February.

June 5

Another potential friendly window, even if it's quite close to the start of the finals. It's entirely possible that Ireland could already be in situ in Poland or Ukraine by this juncture.

June 8

The finals kick off in Warsaw.

Irish Independent

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