Republic of Ireland to replace New Zealand for November international at Wembley

Tuesday 20 Oct 2020
England's Frank Lampard in action against Republic of Ireland in our last meeting at Wembley in 2013

England men's senior team are to face Republic of Ireland next month, after New Zealand withdrew from the originally scheduled fixture at Wembley Stadium.

Gareth Southgate’s squad will take on the Irish on Thursday 12 November, ahead of their last two UEFA Nations League Group A2 fixtures away to Belgium on Sunday 15 November and home to Iceland on Wednesday 18 November.

New Zealand had to cancel their participation due to uncertainty regarding squad selection created by the shifting nature of travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In keeping with current guidelines, this game is scheduled to be played behind-closed-doors, although we are committed to working with the Government to get supporters back in stadiums as soon as possible.

England’s last meeting with Republic of Ireland was a goalless draw in Dublin in June 2015, with the most recent Wembley fixture between the two sides finishing 1-1 in May 2013 as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations.


In June, the FIFA Council approved for this year’s October and November international windows to be extended to allow all UEFA nations to play three games to cover for the postponement of fixtures in March owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Three Lions remaining 2020 fixtures are as follows:

England v Republic of Ireland - Thursday 12 November 2020 (8pm GMT kick-off) 
Belgium v England - Sunday 15 November 2020 (7.45pm GMT kick-off) 
England v Iceland - Wednesday 18 November 2020 (7.45pm GMT kick-off)

Both home games will be staged at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, with the trip to Belgium due to be played at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

With all fixtures scheduled to be played behind-closed-doors for the foreseeable future, we'll continue to adhere to Government guidelines and liaise with relevant authorities. Supporters will be notified should arrangements change and tickets become available.

By FA Staff