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FAI hoping for England clash at redeveloped stadium

England are to be invited by the Football Association of Ireland to play at the newly developed Lansdowne Road. The two sides have not met since 1995 when England fans rioted and caused the game to be abandoned with Republic of Ireland leading 1-0.

Ireland have been playing their matches at Croke Park since the re-development at Lansdowne began.

FAI chief executive John Delaney believes that the English FA owe his country a friendly and he is keen to invite them to play at the new Lansdowne Road.

He said: "At some stage, I would like to see England play in Lansdowne Road because there is a game owed.

"There was a time when we drew England all the time, back in the late 80s and 90s, but we haven't come across them too much in the last couple of years.

"Murphy's Law is that if you do organise for them to come to Ireland, you'll draw them in a competitive game.

"Bringing them to the old Lansdowne Road would have been difficult and bringing them to Croke Park wouldn't have been correct given the history."

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