Date: 7th June 2015 at 10:00am
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England travel to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland in a friendly for the first time since the infamous game in 1995, when plat was abandoned after 27 minutes due to crowd riots.

The sides met for the first time since that match in 1995 two years ago at Wembley. The game finished in a 1-1 draw thanks to goals from Shane Long and Frank Lampard.

The Three Lions’ last outing came in March, where they secured a 1-1 draw in Italy, four days after they comfortably beat Slovenia 4-0 at Wembley in their Euro 2016 qualifying group which they sit atop of with a 100 per cent record.

This clash at the Aviva will serve as an intense warm-up for Roy Hodgson’s side ahead of a trip to Slovenia next Sunday, where they will look to make it six wins out of six on the road to France.

For the Republic, this is just their second game of 2015, the last being a credible 1-1 draw with Poland in March in Dublin.

14th November 2014 - European Championship Qualifying (Group D) - Scotland v Republic of Ireland - Ireland manager Martin O'Neill - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Martin O’Neill’s side sit fourth in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, but just three points off top spot which is held by world champions Germany, who Ireland secured a draw against in October.

This game for them offers a chance for the Green Army to come together before their crucial crucial encounter against Scotland – one of the three sides they are battling for qualification against – next weekend.

For England, Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin could make their international debuts after being called up for the first time.

4th June 2015 - Friendly International - England Press Conference - Jamie Vardy (L) and Charlie Austin share a laugh and a joke as they arrive for the press conference - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Fellow striker Wayne Rooney will be aiming to get the two goals needed to tie Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record of 49.

Fabian Delph is a doubt for the game having picked up a slight knock in the FA Cup Final last weekend, while Adam Lallana has missed some training this week to attend to the birth of his second child.

Robbie Keane will be missing for Ireland after his club LA Galaxy requested he gets some more matches under his belt after he returned from an injury lay-off, meaning John O’Shea will captain the side.

Meanwhile, Paul McShane (leg) and Stephen Ward (ankle) will be fit after coming through training, while Wes Hoolahan has returned to the squad following a family bereavement.

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