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FINAL MEETING vs.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Sunday, 7 June 2015
Three International Friendly Match


Republic of Ireland 0 England 0 [0-0]
 



Match Summary
Ireland Squad
England Squad

The Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Kick-off (BST): 1.00pm.
brought forward from evening to prevent any repeat of any hooliganism..
Attendance: 43,486.

Republic of Ireland kicked-off 94 minutes 46:02 & 48:00
 
James McCarthy 44 43:04  
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend

Match Summary

Officials from Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Type

England

Referee (dark blue) - Arnold Hunter
36 (15 March 1979), Maguiresbridge, FIFA listed 2011.

Assistant Referees - Richard Storey, 29 (20 April 1986), Clogher, and Gareth Eakin, 36 (26 February 1979), Portadown.
Fourth official - Robert Rogers, 31 (12 November 1983), Dublin, FIFA-listed 2012. Also a FIFA qualified Futsal Referee.



Teams presented to Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland.
A minute's applause was held for Tommy Dunne and Ray Tracy.

9 Goal Attempts 17
1 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
7 Corner Kicks Won 5
1 Offside Calls Against 1
16 Fouls Conceded 12
37% Possession 63%

Republic of Ireland Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (4 June 2015) 60th
EFO ranking Group 9
ELO rating 37th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Green button collared jerseys with white collars, green shorts with white side trim, green socks with white tops/pinhoops.
Capt: John O'Shea
Shay Given, 71st minute.
Manager: Martin Hugh Michael O'Neill OBE MBE, 63 (1 March 1952), appointed 5 November 2013.
15th match, W 5 - D 6 - L 4 - F 15 - A 9.
Republic of Ireland Lineup
23 Westwood, Kieron, off 61st min. 30
227 days
23 October 1984
in Manchester, England
G Sheffield Wednesday FC, England 18 0
2 Coleman, Séamus 26
239 days
11 October 1988 RB Everton FC, England 27 0
3 Wilson, Marc D. 27
294 days
17 August 1987
in Aghagallon, Northern Ireland
CD Stoke City FC, England 22 1
4 O'Shea, John F., off 71st min. 34
38 days
30 April 1981 CD Sunderland AFC, England 103 3
19 Brady, Robert 23
144 days
14 January 1992 LB Hull City AFC, England 13 3
6 Whelan, Glenn D., off 63rd min. 31
144 days
14 January 1984 DM Stoke City FC, England 63 2
24 Hendrick, Jeffrey P. 23
127 days
31 January 1992 RM Derby County FC, England 12 0
8 McCarthy, James, off 46th min. 24
207 days
12 November 1990
in Glasgow, Scotland
AM Everton FC, England 26 0
McCarthy cautioned in the 44th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for hacking down Wilshere as he sprinted into the Ireland half.
7 McGeady, Aiden J. 29
64 days
4 April 1986
in Falkirk, Scotland
LM Everton FC, England 76 5
25 McGoldrick, David J., off 46th min. 27
190 days
29 November 1987
in Nottingham, England
RF Ipswich Town FC, England 2 0
21 Murphy, Daryl, off 56th min. 32
84 days
15 March 1983 LF Ipswich Town FC, England 15 0
Republic of Ireland Substitutes
9 Long, Shane P., on 46th min. for McGoldrick 28
136 days
22 January 1987 RF Southampton FC, England 53 12
11 McClean, James, on 46th min. for McCarthy 26
46 days
22 April 1989
in Derry, Northern Ireland
CM Wigan Athletic FC, England 29 4
14 Walters, Jonanthon R., on 55th min. (55:36) for Murphy 31
260 days
20 September 1983
in Moreton, England
LF Stoke City FC, England 32 5
16 Given, Shay J.J., on 61st min., (60:31) for Westwood 39
48 days
20 April 1976 G Aston Villa FC, England 129 0
13 Arter, Harry N., on 63rd min. (62:33) for Whelan 25
161 days
28 December 1989
in Sidcup, England
DM AFC Bournemouth, England 1 0
5 McShane, Paul D., on 71st min. (70:59) for O'Shea 29
152 days
6 January 1986 CD unattached, formerly of Hull City AFC, England 32 0
result: Republic of Ireland 0 England 0

unused substitutes:

1-David Forde, 10-Alex Pearce, 12-David Meyler, 15-Cyrus Christie, 17-Stephen Ward, 18-Stephen Quinn, 20-Wes Hoolahan, 22-Richard Keogh, 26-Darren Randolph.

records:

Only Romania (7) have a current longer unbeaten run against England than Republic of Ireland (6, level with France and Netherlands).
Coach Martin O'Neill played for Northern Ireland against England nine teams, in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983 and 1984. Drawing twice and losing the other seven.
 
4-(4)1-3-2
Westwood (Given) -
Coleman, O'Shea
(McShane), Wilson, Brady -
Whelan
(Arter) -
Hendrick, McCarthy
(McClean), McGeady -
McGoldrick
(Long), Murphy (Walters)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28 years 95 days Appearances/Goals 34.3 1.3

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (4 June 2015) 15th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 9th to 10th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney
(11th (22) captaincy (9))
Joe Hart, 75th minute.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 67 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
40th match, W 22 - D 13 - L 5 - F 78 - A 30.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 28
49 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 51 35 GA
2 Jones, Philip A. 23
106 days
21 February 1992 RB Manchester United FC 16 0
3 Bertrand, Ryan D. 25
306 days
5 August 1989 LB Southampton FC 4 0
4 Henderson, Jordan B. 24
355 days
17 June 1990 RM Liverpool FC 21 1
5 Cahill, Gary J., off 74th min. 29
170 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 35 3
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 25
197 days
22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 17 0
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 66th min. 23
157 days
1 January 1992 DM/CM Arsenal FC 27 0
8 Milner, James P. 29
154 days
4 January 1986 LM Manchester City FC 54 1
9 Sterling, Raheem S., off 66th min. 20
181 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
RF Liverpool FC 15 1
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 75th min. 29
226 days
24 October 1985 CF Manchester United FC 104 47
 (4)
11 Lallana, Adam D., off 82nd min. 27
28 days
10 May 1988 LF/CM Liverpool FC 14 0
England Substitutes
17 Townsend, Andros D., on 66th min. (65:27) for Sterling 23
326 days
16 July 1991 RF Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 3 3
5
20 Barkley, Ross, on 66th min. (65:37) for Wishere 21
184 days
5 December 1993 RCM Everton FC 13 2 0
11
15 Jagielka, Philip N., on 74th min. (73:49) for Cahill 32
294 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 36 28 3 1
8
1209 21
Vardy, Jamie R., on 75th min. (74:03) for Rooney 28
147 days
11 January 1987

LF

Leicester City FC 1

0

the 17th City player to represent England
first since Ian Walker in 2004
14 Walcott, Theo J., on 82nd min. (81:49) for Lallana 26
83 days
16 March 1989 LCM Arsenal FC 39 27 5
12
result: Republic of Ireland 0 England 0

unused substitutes:

12-Kieran Gibbs, 13-Rob Green, 16-Fabian Delph, 18-Charlie Austin, 19-Tom Cleverley, 22-Nathaniel Clyne, 23-Tom Heaton.

team notes:

Wayne Rooney equals Bobby Charlton's record of scoring in 37 matches.
Coach Roy Hodgson had managed Switzerland against the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in March 1992 (1-2). It was his first defeat as an international coach.
 
1st     4-1-2-3 Hart -
Jones, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand -
Wilshere -
Henderson, Milner -
Sterling, Rooney, Lallana -
2nd  4-4-2 Hart -
Jones, Smalling, Cahill
(Jagielka), Bertrand -
Henderson, Wilshere
(Barkley), Lallana (Walcott), Milner -
Sterling
(Townsend), Rooney (Vardy) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25 years 290 days Appearances/Goals 32.5 4.7
most experienced starting XI in 2014-15

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Dear oh dear, this was a poor match!  In the context of the next games for each of these countries, the friendly was important in preparing for two vital European Championship games on the following weekend.  England in Slovenia and The Republic, hosting the visit of Scotland.  The trouble was, that on the day, both sets of players showed the rustiness of not having played for several weeks, and neither side had the guile or the sharpness to forge a decent chance, let alone a goal!

True, there were some good, solid defensive performances, but against such powder-puff and ineffectual forward play, defending was fairly simple.  The first 25 minutes of the game was incident-free.  There were a few crosses into the boxes and Ireland busied themselves in the way Martin O'Neill likes his sides to be, but England showed little in attack, despite some useful possession from Jack Wilshere.  The first half-chance came on 27 minutes when Daryl Murphy powered his way through and fired in a shot at goal.  Joe Hart touched it wide of the post but then saw the referee give a goal kick, thus depriving the keeper of a good save.  Seven minutes later it was Murphy again, this time heading wide when well placed, he really should have scored with that chance. And that was it, basically, for a first-half that was sterile and lacking in anything resembling a football match.

Three minutes after the restart, Wayne Rooney broke clear following a Jordan Henderson pass, but for once the England skipper's touch let him down and the chance was lost.  A dangerous cross into the box for Ireland almost deceived Hart, and then Rooney's weak free-kick was easily saved.  Walters shot straight at Hart before England made some changes on 65 minutes.  To no avail though as the game continued along in the dreary pattern we had become accustomed to since the first whistle.

One high spot of the match saw Leicester City's Jamie Vardy make his England debut, coming on for Rooney in the 74th minute.  Not bad for a lad who came out of the non-league game just five years ago to become a full England international!  Unfortunately, his dream debut did not provide him with a dream ending as he hardly had a touch in the 16 minutes he was on the field.

And sadly there was nothing else to report as the game petered out to the inevitable goalless draw.  To be honest both teams were lucky to get nil!  Not to worry, we are saving ourselves for the big one in Slovenia, just hope that the team turns up for that one and the rustiness and cobwebs are out of their system.  England's man-of-the-match?  Ummm, that's a hard one?
   

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
NIFG

FAI.ie
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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