Preston North End’s Alan Browne and Sean Maguire will be hoping for Wembley call-up

Preston pair Alan Browne and Sean Maguire will be dreaming of a Wembley outing when England will take on the Republic of Ireland in a friendly next month, filling a gap left by New Zealand’s withdrawal.

Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 12:49 pm

The All Whites pulled out of the fixture due to concerns over travel and availability in the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the Football Association searching for a replacement fixture.

Stephen Kenny’s side have now answered the call and will take on the Three Lions on November 12.

That is also the date of the Euro 2020 play-off final, a game that would have seen the Republic take on Northern Ireland had they managed to defeat Slovakia in the semi-finals.

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Alan Browne heads against the post during this month’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Slovakia

The match will once again take place in front of empty stands in line with current public health advice, but the FA made it clear it was keen to move forward.

“In keeping with current guidelines, this game is scheduled to be played behind closed doors, although the FA has committed to working with the Government to get supporters back in stadiums as soon as possible,” said a statement.

The friendly will act as a warm-up for both teams’ next UEFA Nations League assignments, with England facing Belgium and Iceland in Group A2 and the Republic taking on Wales and Bulgaria in B4.