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New Ireland manager to play first competitive game at home against England

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The NEW IRELAND manager will face England at the Aviva Stadium in his first official game since taking over.

The FAI continues to search for a successor to Stephen Kenny, with current England Under-21 manager Lee Carsley seen as the frontrunner.

Ireland were drawn with England, Finland and Greece in yesterday’s 2024/25 Nations League draw, with UEFA announcing the draw this morning.

Ireland play England at home on Saturday 7th September, before playing Greece at home three days later.

It will be Ireland’s first official match against England since 1991, when the two teams met in the qualifiers for Euro 1992.

The October window will see back-to-back away games starting in Helsinki on October 10th and then in Athens on October 13th.

Finland then visit Dublin on November 14th, while Ireland’s tour concludes on November 17th when they travel away to England.

Should Ireland finish top of their group, they would be promoted to League A, but winning the group is the only way to secure a backdoor play-off to the 2026 World Cup. If they finish in the bottom of their group, they will be relegated to League C, and if they finish in 2nd or 3rd place, they will be in a promotion/relegation play-off with teams from League A and League C, respectively.

This difficult Nations League fixture will be followed by four high-profile friendlies against Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary and Portugal between March and June.

Ireland Nations League fixtures

  • Saturday 7th September – England (H) – 5pm
  • Tuesday, September 10th – Greece (H) – 7:45pm
  • Thursday, October 10th – Finland (A) – 7:45pm
  • Sunday, October 13 – Greece (A) – 7:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14 – Finland (H) – 7:45 p.m.
  • Sunday 17th November – England (A) – 5pm

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