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FAI confirm start time for Ireland v England

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Shane Long scored for Ireland against England at Wembley in May 2013
Shane Long scored for Ireland against England at Wembley in May 2013

The Republic of Ireland's prestige friendly international against England will kick off at 1pm on Sunday June 7th, the FAI have confirmed.

The early kick-off slot will come as a disappointment to many soccer fans who were hoping to enjoy a day in the capital building up to the match, but local police and broadcasters have influenced the FAI decision.

This will be the first time the two nations have met in a soccer international in Ireland since the infamous clash back in 1995, which was halted mid-way through the first half due to rioting English fans.

The FAI have confirmed that 3,000 England fans will be welcomed to the Aviva Stadium in June, with all involved hoping there is no repeat of the disgraceful scenes that brought shame on the sport two decades ago.

Ticket sale details for Ireland supporters have yet to be confirmed by the FAI for what is certain to be a sell-out occasion a few days before the vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in Dublin.