England vs Ireland, International Friendly: Open Thread
England plays the Republic of Ireland today in an international friendly at Wembley, the first time these countries have played each other since 1995.
Here are the starting lineups:
England starting XI: Joe Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Cole, Lampard, Carrick, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rooney, Sturridge.
Ireland starting XI: Forde, Coleman, O’Shea, St Ledger, Kelly, Walters, McCarthy, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Long
For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown live on FOX Soccer at 3pm ET. The match will also give us the opportunity to see England play in their new Nike kit for the first time.
Ashley Cole will be England’s captain today, where he’ll receive a commemorative gold cap to honor the recent milestone of reaching 100 caps for England. For England, I’m looking forward to seeing how the pace and attacking threat of Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rooney and Sturridge will do against a sturdy Irish defense. Robbie Keane, meanwhile, has recovered from injury to start for Ireland after scoring a hat-trick for LA Galaxy last week.
Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation with soccer fans from around the world in the comments section below.