Republic of Ireland to take on France in Paris friendly

The friendly will be the 17th meeting between France and Ireland at men’s senior level

Seamus Coleman rises highest in the last-16 clash between Ireland and France at Euro 2016. Photograph: Inpho

Seamus Coleman rises highest in the last-16 clash between Ireland and France at Euro 2016. Photograph: Inpho

 

The Republic of Ireland will return to the Stade de France stadium to face France in an international friendly game this summer.

Martin O’Neill’s team will provide World Cup warm-up opposition for Didier Deschamps’ squad on Monday, May 28th - two and a half weeks before the tournament kicks off in Russia.

The friendly will be the 17th meeting between France and Ireland at men’s senior level and the first since the last-16 clash in Lyon at Euro 2016, which France won before going all the way to the final.

Ireland have a good record in Paris with a 2-0 win in 1937, a 1-1 draw in 1973, and a 0-0 draw in 2004 - although there have also been three defeats since that very first game.

This friendly encounter is one of a number of games being organised in advance of the Uefa Nations League, which kicks off in September and the draw for that tournament takes place on January 24th.

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