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Sunday, 7 June 2015
Three International Friendly Match

Republic of Ireland 0 England 0 [0-0]
 

The Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Attendance: 43,486;
Kick-off: 1.00pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley
Kick-off brought forward from evening to prevent any repeat of the hooliganism that marred this match twenty years ago.

  Match Summary
Ireland Squad
England Squad
Results 2010-2015 Republic of Ireland - James McCarthy (44 43:04).

Republic of Ireland kicked-off. 94 minutes (46:02 & 48:00).

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
  Offside Calls Against  
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 23 October 1984
born in Manchester
G Sheffield Wednesday FC, England 18 0
2 Coleman, Séamus 26 11 October 1988 RB Everton FC, England 27 0
3 Wilson, Marc D. 27 17 August 1987
born in Aghagallon
CD Stoke City FC, England 22 1
4 O'Shea, John F., off 71st min. 34 30 April 1981 CD Sunderland AFC, England 103 3
19 Brady, Robert 23 14 January 1992 LB Hull City AFC, England 13 3
6 Whelan, Glenn D., off 63rd min. 31 14 January 1984 DM Stoke City FC, England 63 2
7 McGeady, Aiden J. 29 4 April 1986
born in Falkirk
LM Everton FC, England 76 5
8 McCarthy, James, off 46th min. 24 12 November 1990
born in Glasgow
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.
21 Murphy, Daryl, off 56th min. 32 15 March 1983 F Ipswich Town FC, England 15 0
25 McGoldrick, David J., off 46th min. 27 29 November 1987
born in Nottingham
F Ipswich Town FC, England 2 0
24 Hendrick, Jeffrey P. 23 31 January 1992 RM Derby County FC, England 12 0
Republic of Ireland Substitutes
9 Long, Shane P., on 46th min. for McGoldrick 28 22 January 1987 F Southampton FC, England 53 12
11 McClean, James, on 46th min. for McCarthy 26 22 April 1989
born in Derry
M Wigan Athletic FC, England 29 4
14 Walters, Jonanthon R., on 55th min. (55:36) for Murphy 31 20 September 1983
born in Moreton
F Stoke City FC, England 32 5
16 Given, Shay J.J., on 61st min., (60:31) for Westwood 39 20 April 1976 G Aston Villa FC, England 129 0
13 Arter, Harry N., on 63rd min. (62:33) for Whelan 25 28 December 1989
born in Sidcup
M AFC Bournemouth, England 1 0
5 McShane, Paul D., on 71st min. (70:59) for O'Shea 29 6 January 1986 D 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.

team notes:

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 27.8 Appearances/Goals 34.3 1.3

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (14 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, eleventh captaincy
Joe Hart, 75th minute.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 67 (8 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 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 51 35 GA
2 Jones, Philip A. 23 21 February 1992 RB Manchester United FC 16 0
3 Bertrand, Ryan D. 25 5 August 1989 LB Southampton FC 4 0
4 Henderson, Jordan B. 24 17 June 1990 RM Liverpool FC 21 0
5 Cahill, Gary J., off 74th min. 29 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 35 3
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 25 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 17 0
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 66th min. 23 1 January 1992 DM/CM Arsenal FC 27 0
8 Milner, James P. 29 4 January 1986 LM Manchester City FC 54 1
9 Sterling, Raheem S., off 66th min. 20 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
RF Liverpool FC 15 1
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 75th min. 29 24 October 1985 CF Manchester United FC 104 47
11 Lallana, Adam D., off 82nd min. 27 10 May 1988 LF/CM Liverpool FC 14 0
England Substitutes
17 Townsend, Andros D., on 66th min. (65:27) for Sterling 23 16 July 1991 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 3
20 Barkley, Ross, on 66th min. (65:37) for Wishere 21 5 December 1993 M Everton FC 13 0
15 Jagielka, Philip N., on 74th min. (73:49) for Cahill 32 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 36 3
21 Vardy, Jamie R., on 75th min. (74:03) for Rooney 28 11 January 1987 F Leicester City FC 1 0
14 Walcott, Theo J., on 82nd min. (81:49) for Lallana 26 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 39 5
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 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 25.6 Appearances/Goals 32.5 4.7

 

    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

Only Romania (7) have a current longer unbeaten run against England than Republic of Ireland (6, level with France and Netherlands).

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