'We're looking at playing two games against England, sooner rather than later' - FAI CEO John Delaney

The Boys in Green are set to play two friendlies against the Three Lions, while a friendly game against Poland is also in the pipeline, according to the FAI chief executive
The chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) John Delaney has revealed that Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland side could be set to play both England and Poland in international friendlies in the near future.

Speaking at the FAI AGM in Donegal, Delaney told reporters that the mooted friendly with England was still going ahead. "We're looking at playing two games against England, sooner rather than later," Delaney said.

"One will be in Dublin, with the other at Wembley. I met Alex Horne from the English FA at the European Championships and we're due to meet them in the coming months.

He added: "There was a game against England arranged for May of this year but Fabio Capello didn't want to play it. Maybe that was because of being up against Trapattoni."

With Ireland due to play Kazakhstan away on September 7, and a Lady Gaga concert at the Aviva Stadium the following weekend, Trapattoni's men have a free space in the international calender, but cannot play in Dublin.

There has been speculation of a friendly international in London, but as England face Ukraine at Wembley, it will not be against the Three Lions.

Delaney also revealed that getting big name teams at the Aviva Stadium was also proving a challenge. "It is getting more difficult to pick teams attractive to the Irish public," Delaney admitted.

"We have to be careful who we pick and when we play games. We are close to agreeing to play Poland in Dublin in February," he added.

Meanwhile, Ireland under-19 manager Paul Doolin also looks set to be awarded a new contract with Delaney saying that he believed the former Drogheda United and Cork City manager had done a 'very good job'.

"I don't like to speak about people's contracts, but I think Paul has done a very good job. There is going to be an announcement in the near future regarding Paul's contract," said Delaney.