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ES: Ireland vs England

ES: Ireland vs England

    Good afternoon, and welcome to our live coverage of England's clash with the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium id Dublin.
    6/7/2015 10:43:51 AM
    Team news has just come through...
    6/7/2015 10:58:22 AM
    ENGLAND: Hart , Jones, Bertrand ,Henderson, Cahill, Smalling, Wilshere, Milner, Sterling, Rooney, Lallana. 

    From that it looks like Phil Jones will be lining up at right back and that Roy Hodgson will be reverting to his diamond with Jack Wilshere at the base and Adam Lallana behind strikers Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling.

    Subs: Gibbs, Green, Walcott, Jagielka, Delph, Townsend, Austin, Cleverley, Barkley, Vardy, Clyne, Heaton.
    6/7/2015 11:01:20 AM
    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Westwood, Wilson, Coleman, O'Shea, McCarthy, Hendrick, Whelan, McGeady, Brady, Murphy, McGoldrick.

    Martin O'Neill will play a 4-4-2. 

    Subs: Forde, Given, Randolph, Keogh, Christie, Pearce, McShane, Ward, Arter, McClean, Quinn, Meyler, Hoolahan, Long, Walters.
    6/7/2015 11:03:13 AM
    It's the match of the weekend.

    If last night's thrilling Champions League final, with sumptuous football, thrilling storylines and the greatest attacking trio in history was all too much for you perhaps this all-to-play-for friendly will bring your heartbeat down.

    There's all to play for today. Will Ryan Bertrand establish himself as Roy Hodgson's reserve left-back? Will Robbie Brady attract the eye of a mid-table Premier League side? Will Liverpool fans remember who Adam Lallana is?

    Let's find out!
    6/7/2015 11:16:00 AM

    6/7/2015 11:20:00 AM
    Liverpool fans remember, you have no excuse to miss this. It'll be a first chance to see how future midfield pairing of Jordan Henderson and James Milner work together. Will their thrilling reliability, earth-shattering dependability and mind-boggling consistency power Brendan Rodgers to glory next season? You'll get your first hints here.

    6/7/2015 11:28:00 AM
    13 years ago today both of these sides were in very different positions, at the 2002 World Cup. England were on their way to defeating Argentina, and David Beckham to earning redemption for his 1998 red card.

    The Republic of Ireland were also on course to one of their best tournaments in years, a thrilling draw against Germany two days previously setting them on course for a second-round tie with Spain.

    Well there's nothing to say about this match is there?

    6/7/2015 11:36:18 AM

    8 years ago Roy Hodgson turned down the opportunity to manage Shay Given, Robbie Keane et al. Wondering why? Here's Eddie Howe to tell you so you need wonder no more.

    "Roy was close, very close, to taking charge of Ireland.

    "I said from the start then that he was the man we needed. Roy is someone I've known for years.


    "He knows all about management and coaching at the highest level, he knows what is needed for tournament football and he was the ideal fit.

    "I arranged a meeting between Roy, myself and the others working for the FAI.

    "Everything seemed to be on target but just as it looked like it was all coming together, Fulham came in and snapped him up.

    "I couldn't blame them or Roy - it was a great opportunity for him and it was a huge success for both manager and club."

    6/7/2015 11:43:26 AM

    Here's a reminder of those lineups:

    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Westwood, Wilson, Coleman, O'Shea, McCarthy, Hendrick, Whelan, McGeady, Brady, Murphy, McGoldrick.

    ENGLAND: Hart , Jones, Bertrand ,Henderson, Cahill, Smalling, Wilshere, Milner, Sterling, Rooney, Lallana. 

    Phil Jones, England right-back.

    6/7/2015 11:50:04 AM
    Touching tributes to Jack Charlton, who just appeared on the pitch at the Aviva. England World Cup-winner and manager of the Republic of Ireland at two finals, 1990 and 1994.
    6/7/2015 11:53:57 AM

    6/7/2015 11:55:13 AM
    A few boos and whistles ring out around the Aviva during God Save the Queen, let's hope that is the end of any negative atmosphere for this match. Mostly well-observed anthems though.
    6/7/2015 11:57:58 AM

    We're underway at the Aviva!
    6/7/2015 12:01:27 PM
    1 mins: And within ten seconds David McGoldrick has forced an early corner after Ireland drive at the heart of England's defence. A near post cross is cleared for another.
    6/7/2015 12:02:20 PM
    2 mins: Murphy leaps well to flick a header towards McGoldrick, who can't quite reach the ball as it bounces towards Hart.
    6/7/2015 12:03:04 PM
    4 mins: The Ipswich strike duo of McGoldrick and Murphy press England's back-line and they look rather shakey, finally getting the ball forward to Jack Wilshere. The Arsenal man lofts a ball towards Lallana but it's some way away. Good start from Ireland.
    6/7/2015 12:05:26 PM
    6 mins: Ireland are dominating the ball, pinging it around looking for a gap in England's defence. A ball over the top finds McGeady, who pressures Jones into giving away a throw. Brady whips in a dangerous ball and Smalling gives away the corner.
    6/7/2015 12:08:43 PM
    8 mins: Unconvincing from Hart, whose punch doesn't get the ball out of the area. England are lucky to get away with a free kick..
    6/7/2015 12:09:58 PM
    10 mins: England have the ball in a dangerous position as Wilshere feeds Rooney. A disatrous first touch allows Ireland to clear with ease.
    6/7/2015 12:11:50 PM
    11 mins: Ouch. Sterling is hit hard, but fairly, by Brady. The Irish full-back hits the England winger with his heel and Sterling looks shaken up.
    6/7/2015 12:13:11 PM
    13 mins: An outstanding switch of play by McCarthy finds Aiden McGeady one-on-one with Phil Jones. The delivery is dangerous and Chris Smalling has to be smart to deal with it.
    6/7/2015 12:15:05 PM

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    6/7/2015 12:15:56 PM
    16 mins: McGoldrick and Murphy are giving England's defenders plenty to think about. The latter holds up possession nicely and Whelan works it to the former. He wins a free kick.

    McGeady's delivery is dangerous and Rooney clears at the back-post with Hendrick lurking.
    6/7/2015 12:18:37 PM

    6/7/2015 12:21:06 PM
    21 mins: It's not going well for England at all. Wilshere is endeavouring to inject energy into a lethargic side but, with Sterling and Lallana being bullied out of the game, there is very little going on in front of him.
    6/7/2015 12:22:57 PM
    23 mins: A moment that perfectly encapsulates England's afternoon so far. Wilshere pings a ball over the top for the overlapping Bertrand. He plays a fine reverse ball to Milner, who ponders in possession, slowing the attack down and allowing Ireland to mass behind the ball.
    6/7/2015 12:25:12 PM
    27 mins: Finally! Excitement! A long-ball to Daryl Murphy on the right corner of the area and his flick-down is given back to him by McGoldrick. His shot with the outside of his left-boot is always curling wide though.
    6/7/2015 12:29:14 PM
    29 mins: Sterling is pushed off the ball yet again. It's been a horrible afternoon for the forward, whose every touch is booed by the sizeable Irish-Liverpool fanbase in the Aviva.

    6/7/2015 12:32:09 PM
    33 mins: If you think this is tough watching on the TV imagine paying money to watch this. At least the fans at the Aviva are finding a way to amuse themselves.

    6/7/2015 12:35:08 PM
    36 mins: Jack Wilshere gives away a free-kick midway in the England half and once more Brady's dipping left-foot delivery is almost impossible to defend. Murphy should have hit the target at the very least from his header.
    6/7/2015 12:37:21 PM
    38 mins: Jones and Sterling combine well on the right flank, a smart one-two putting the Manchester United man away on the right flank. His low cross is cleared away comfortably by O'Shea. 

    Might not sound like much but it's probably England's most convincing attack of the half.
    6/7/2015 12:39:30 PM
    41 mins: A sharp turn by Ryan Bertrand, one of the few players to impress so far, wins England a free-kick on the left side of Ireland's area.

    Lallana has not impressed and his cross is over everyone.
    6/7/2015 12:42:21 PM
    44 mins: Wilshere combines for a neat one-two with Lallana. The Arsenal man is clearly fouled by McCarthy, who picks up a deserved booking.
    6/7/2015 12:45:24 PM
    45 mins: Wilshere gives the ball away and Ireland can counter. McGeady runs direct at the England backline, McGoldrick pulling off to the left. The Ipswich striker's shot is blocked wide for a corner.
    6/7/2015 12:46:50 PM
    46 mins: Nothing comes from the first corner. Or the second. And we finally make it to half-time. Harrowing.
    6/7/2015 12:48:04 PM

    It's been one of those days...

    6/7/2015 12:49:45 PM

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    6/7/2015 1:01:31 PM

    Two changes for Ireland. McGoldrick is punished for being too exciting and is removed for Shane Long. James McClean replaces James McCarthy.

    No changes for England. And why would you!?!?
    6/7/2015 1:03:30 PM
    47 mins: The second half starts as the first ended. A dreadful free-kick delivery by Rooney is comfortably cleared by Ireland. Don't worry, club football is back in 55 days.
    6/7/2015 1:06:06 PM
    49 mins: Abysmal. Truly abysmal. Wilson is caught in possession by Henderson. He lays Rooney through on goal but his first touch pokes the ball tamely to the keeper.
    6/7/2015 1:08:00 PM
    51 mins: Brady's delivery is the only thing keeping this match interesting. Ireland win a free-kick on the right flank and he fizzes a low cross towards Hart's near post. He just about keeps it out, padding the ball away for a corner.

    The England keeper is much more commanding from the next set-play, punching the ball clear.
    6/7/2015 1:10:30 PM
    53 mins: Raheem Sterling has the ball on the left corner of the box and feeds Henderson. His blocked shot lands back at Sterling's feet, his curled shot just past the far post. A little bit better from England.
    6/7/2015 1:12:10 PM
    55 mins: Jonathan Walters is coming on to add some finishing quality to the mix. Which gives us a chance to relive this.

    6/7/2015 1:15:33 PM
    59 mins: An overlapping Bertrand combines with Sterling to get around the back. He delays his cross and McGeady dives in to clear for a corner.
    6/7/2015 1:17:34 PM
    60 mins: England play it short and Wilshere feeds Sterling, whose cross finds Rooney at the far-post. He can't get enough power on the header.

    Shay Given is about to come on for Kieran Westwood. I doubt he need worry about anyone doing to him today what Alexis Sanchez did last week.
    6/7/2015 1:19:01 PM
    63 mins: Harry Arter makes his international debut, replacing Glenn Whelan. I make that 5 changes for Ireland, but England are continuing with the starting XI that has so inspired the nation back home.
    6/7/2015 1:22:14 PM
    65 mins: Raheem Sterling jinks past John O'Shea and falls in the area. No penalty and no complaints.

    Finally some England changes, Andros Townsend replaces Sterling, Ross Barkley on for Wilshere. Game changers.
    6/7/2015 1:24:38 PM
    68 mins: Townsend makes space down the right and clips in a dangerous ball. The Irish clearance comes to Barkley, who flashes a shot well wide. We may be about to see Jamie Vardy. He once played in the Conference so he'll feel right at home here.
    6/7/2015 1:26:33 PM
    71 mins: Andros Townsend looks dangerous, his ability to play off either foot allowing him to jink past Brady. But an organised Irish defence give him no space through.
    6/7/2015 1:30:50 PM
    74 mins: "There's a game to be won here," says Andy Townsend. Are Phil Jagielka and Jamie Vardy the ones to do it? Gary Cahill and Wayne Rooney make way. And the England captain can have no complaints, he has been terrible today.
    6/7/2015 1:33:13 PM
    76 mins: Phil Jones has been one of England's most dangerous attacking weapons in this match. In much the same way as a carrot is the most dangerous attacking vegetable.
    6/7/2015 1:34:56 PM
    78 mins: Liverpool fans must be awaiting the new season with dread. Lallana, Milner, Henderson and in particular Sterling have all been varying degrees of dreadful. But on this performance will anyone spend money on wantaway Raheem?
    6/7/2015 1:37:00 PM

    6/7/2015 1:37:39 PM
    81 mins: Phil Jones is in acres of space on the right-flank, but don't worry Andros Townsend is cutting in onto his left foot and firing a low shot for the keeper to save. Given could have got a stronger hand on it but he scrambles to collect the rebound.
    6/7/2015 1:41:22 PM

    6/7/2015 1:43:15 PM
    87 mins: Jamie Vardy is playing with all the willingness of a striker who has fought his way up from the boxcars. He wins the ball back on the England left and feeds Townsend. Who loses the ball.
    6/7/2015 1:46:08 PM
    90 mins: In the best moment of the half the fourth official announces there'll be three minutes of added time. Will anything happen?
    6/7/2015 1:49:12 PM
    92 mins: Nearly! A Thing nearly happened! Phil Jagielka slipped but Jonathan Walters can't get the ball off him. Jagielka wins a free kick.
    6/7/2015 1:50:40 PM
    Full time: Cheers ring out around the Aviva as the misery is finally ended. We made it guys.
    6/7/2015 1:52:34 PM
    Stay tuned for all the exciting post-game content!
    6/7/2015 1:53:01 PM
    Incomparably bad. If you didn't see that match count yourself amongst the lucky ones. Both England and Ireland briefly threatened adequacy but throughout the match most players did their level best to ensure they won't figure in their sides next match.

    Because there is another round of fixtures in just a week's time. Will this season never end?
    6/7/2015 1:58:35 PM
    I'm packing up. Remember football as it should be.

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    6/7/2015 2:01:08 PM
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