England will play the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium on Thursday November 12 after New Zealand pulled out of a scheduled friendly.
Gareth Southgate’s side will have a home tune-up ahead of their final two UEFA Nations League group fixtures away to Belgium on Sunday November 15 and at home to Iceland on Wednesday November 18.
New Zealand pulled out of the Wembley friendly due to uncertainty over their squad selection amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The England vs Ireland game will be played behind closed doors in accordance with the latest Government restrictions.
England’s last meeting with Ireland was a goalless draw at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin back in June 2015, while the teams’ last meeting at Wembley was a 1-1 friendly draw in 2013.
Two potential members of Southgate’s squad – Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and West Ham’s Declan Rice – represented Ireland at youth level before switching international allegiance to England.
Rice has 11 caps for England having made his senior debut last year while Grealish received his first call-up for the September fixtures against Iceland and Denmark, making his debut in the second of those.
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