Ireland set for Oman friendly at Craven Cottage on 11 September

The Boys in Green will face Paul le Guen's side at Fulham's Craven Cottage just four days after their opening World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan next month

Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland will face Oman in an international friendly in London on 11 September.

The game will take place at Fulham’s Craven Cottage with a 19.30 BST kick off, just four days after Ireland open their World Cup qualifying campaign away to Kazakhstan. The Boys in Green have previously played two games at the venue and the fixture will be the first between the two nations.

Oman are currently ranked 96 in the world and are already well into their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign after successfully negotiating the third round of the AFC section. They will now battle it out with Iraq, Jordan, Japan and Australia for one of two automatic spots in Brazil.

Managed by former Rangers boss Paul Le Guen, the majority of the Red Warriors side plays at home with Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi their most recognisable squad member. Speaking about the upcoming fixture, Le Guen said that he sees the game as a real opportunity for his players to prepare for a crucial period in their World Cup qualification bid.

 "This match will be a good test for both teams and Craven Cottage is a fantastic Premier League ground that will add to the occasion," he said.

Ireland have slipped to 26 in the latest Fifa world ranking after a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign and Giovanni Trapattoni will use the game in London to prepare his side for the Group C qualifiers against Germany and Faroe Islands in October.

The game will see Dublin-born defender Stephen Kelly play on his home ground and inevitably he’s looking forward to pulling on the green jersey at Craven Cottage.

"Everyone knows the Republic has the best supporters in the world, so we are expecting there to be a great atmosphere and are looking forward to welcoming Oman and their fans to Fulham's home ground," said Kelly.

A Robbie Keane goal helped Ireland overcome Colombia at the SW6 venue in May 2008 while Il Trap’s side drew 1-1 with Nigeria a year later.

Commenting on the match, Giovanni Trapattoni said: "I am looking forward to returning to Craven Cottage for this match which will be a useful opportunity to prepare further for our World Cup Qualification campaign."