The FAI have confirmed that England will visit Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on June 7, 2015. The game will be the first meeting of the Republic and the Three Lions on Irish soil since the infamous Lansdowne riots in 1995.
With impeccable timing, as President Higgins met with Queen Elizabeth in Windsor, the FAI announced details of the fixture, reciprocating last summer’s game at Wembley.
Inevitably the news has resurrected memories of the ill-fated night 9 years ago when English hooligans went on the rampage at Lansdowne Road forcing the game to be abandoned with Ireland leading 1-0.
The 2013 friendly at Wembley was the first meeting of the countries since that nightmarish clash in Dublin. Shane Long’s header put Giovanni Trapattoni’s side a goal up to send a raucous home support into raptures, but England levelled within ten minutes from Frank Lampard.
“It will be a significant moment for England to play in Dublin again, and due to the hard work by both organisations on many fronts we fully expect it to be a fantastic occasion enjoyed by both sets of fans,” said Club England managing director Adrian Bevington.
See also: Ireland v England: A Brief History
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