International Friendly Preview: England - Republic of Ireland
The two nations meet for the first time since their ill-fated clash in Dublin ended in a riot 18 years ago, as the FA's 150th birthday celebrations continue at Wembley.
By Al Hain-Cole
Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Cole
Walcott, Carrick, Lampard, Milner
Republic of Ireland
Coleman, O'Shea, St Ledger, Kelly
Walters, McCarthy, Whelan, McGeady
Roy Hodgson is without Kyle Walker (fibula), Tom Cleverley (calf) , Steven Gerrard (shoulder), Andy Carroll (heel) and Jack Wilshere (ankle), who all pulled out of the squad through injury.
Gary Cahill has been playing alongside Phil Jagielka in training, and that pair is expected to start in defense for the first England match since Rio Ferdinand joined John Terry in announcing his international retirement.
Daniel Sturridge is expected to start alongside Wayne Rooney in attack after finishing the season in fine form for Liverpool, while Ashley Cole will captain the side.
Giovanni Trapattoni has opted not to risk Marc Wilson (calf), as the Stoke defender is struggling through injury, meaning Reading fullback Stephen Kelly comes into the side.
Sean. St Ledger will partner John O'Shea in the center of defense, with Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark left out of the squad through injury and Richard Dunne lacking match fitness.
Robbie Keane gained special dispensation from his club LA Galaxy to play in this friendly, and he will be partnered up front by Shane Long, with Kevin Doyle (Achilles) absent through injury.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- This is Ireland's first visit to England since 1991, with the game organized as part of the FA's ongoing 150th anniversary celebrations.
- The match had to be abandoned the last time these two nations met in 1995, as a minority of England fans provoked a riot at Dublin's Lansdowne Road that led to 20 arrests and 40 injuries.
- Ashley Cole (pictured, right) will captain the Three Lions after earning his 100th international cap against Brazil in February, though he has declined to perform other captain's duties such as speaking to the press.
- England has not beaten Ireland in any of their last five encounters, with the Boys in Green collecting five points from their last three qualifiers in London.
- The Three Lions are unbeaten in their last five games at Wembley, including victories over Belgium, Italy and Brazil.
- There are seven English-born players in Giovanni Trapattoni's squad.
Top 3 Predictions
England 3-1 Ireland Republic
- 15.25 %
England 3-0 Ireland Republic
- 11.87 %
England 2-1 Ireland Republic
- 11.81 %
|International Friendlies (FR)||May 29, 2013||England 1 - Ireland Republic 1|
|Nov 19, 2013||England 0 - Germany 1||FR|
|Nov 15, 2013||England 0 - Chile 2||FR|
|Oct 15, 2013||England 2 - Poland 0||WCQE|
|Oct 11, 2013||England 4 - Montenegro 1||WCQE|
|Sep 10, 2013||Ukraine 0 - England 0||WCQE|
|2||Sean St Ledger||Defender|
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