Live: England 1 Republic of Ireland 1

A decent enough Wembley friendly will be celebrated by Republic fans more than England's, and the visitors have room for satisfaction after an immense defensive display. England will be frustrated not have to made more of their chances pay, but this was a decent run out for both teams with more positives on show than negatives. Thanks for your company tonight and I'll see you all soon.

FT: England 1 Republic of Ireland 1.

Two minutes of added time to be played.

Free-kick to the Republic as Jagielka upends Sammon.

Rooney's deflected cross arrives at the near post, but the costly touch off Kelly takes the ball away from Walcott as Forde again gathers.

Oxlade-Chamberlain's game is brought to an end, with Milner on in his place.

Defoe's powerful drive is blocked well by Coleman, before Walcott draws yet another superb save out of Forde at the near post.

It's all England now as the Republic are forced back, but miscommunication between Defoe and Walcott result in the ball bouncing harmlessly towards Forde.

Further heroics from Forde. Rooney's slick through ball takes a touch and Oxlade-Chamberlain can only poke the ball into the oncoming Republic keeper.

Sammon's first act is to steal possession from Lampard, but as the ball ricochets off Defoe, it's a Republic goal-kick.

Sammon replaces Walters with eight minutes remaining.

England up the tempo in their progress forward, with Jones found in an advanced position, only for his cross to be headed away by St Ledger.

Hendrick knocks the ball forward for Long, but Cahill is on hand to steer it back to Foster who disposes of the ball to safety.

Foster spills a ball from the left, but his blushes are spared as Long is penalised for a nudge on the England keeper.

Forde further demonstrates his prowess with a confident claim of Rooney's corner as the chances start to dry up from open play with just under 15 minutes remaining.

McClean's effort comes within inches of nestling in the top corner, but to Foster's relief it skims wide of the right corner.

Supreme play from Long sees the skillful striker earn a foul under Carrick's challenge. Another Republic free-kick roughly 30 yards out.

Republic change: Whelan off, Hendrick on.

Excellent defending from St Ledger prevents Jones' delivery causing problems, as both Rooney and Walcott looked to pounce in the six-yard box.

A Jones slip allows McClean to break, but the full-back recovers splendidly, making up the ground covered by the Republic winger before sliding in to make the tackle.

Jagielka catches Long as the two vie for the bouncing ball and the Republic can threaten with a set piece 30 yards out.

Lovely work from Baines keeps the ball in play, with the full-back picking out Oxlade-Chamberlain before a rasping shot is aimed out of play.

McGeady makes way as McClean takes his place.

Another Walcott shot on target, but once more Forde is equal to to the effort as he makes a comfortable save to further frustrate the Arsenal forward.

Republic captain Keane makes way, with Cox arriving in his place.

Forde is called into action with a smart save at his near post, denying Walcott's strike well to concede a corner.

Lampard spreads play to Jones, with Rooney found moments later who drives the ball off O'Shea, as Forde claims Walcott's delivery to end England's spell of attack.

Jones bursts forward, but a poor return pass from Rooney halts his momentum as England retain the ball looking for another path forward.

Long is offside as Coleman launches the ball down the line as England's defence steps up accordingly.

McCarthy exerts energy to take on Jones, running upwards of 40 yards to earn his side a throw-in deep in England's half.

McGeady creates a yard to cross, but his cross-shot finds neither a team-mate or the goal. England goal-kick.

Coleman tricks his way past Oxlade-Chamberlain, before looking to complete the run with a goal that sees his shot deflect wide for a corner.

Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly picks out Walcott with a divine through ball, but the forward is marshalled by Kelly who does enogh to usher the ball out of play.

The Republic's wall does its job as Baines' free-kick fails to threaten, before the full-back's wild delivery moments later lands behind goal.

Free-kick in a dangerous area for England as Walcott is felled under Kelly, who won the ball in the process. Regardless, as Baines step up, Republic fans will be worried.

Cole hands the captaincy over to Lampard as he is replaced by Baines.

Jones' delightful ball finds Rooney, before Lampard is set up by Oxlade-Chamberlain with a rare miscue from the goalscorer steering the ball wide.

Cole fouls Walters in the centre, as the visitors play the free-kick short and edge forward in their bid to take the lead.

Foster clears the ball long as England are forced back in defence, with the hosts retaining possessing in their own half for the time being.

O'Shea beats Rooney to the decision of a throw-in as the two tangle following a scrappy passage of play in midfield.

Big miss from captain Cole. He won't have a better chance to open his England account either. Rooney to Walcott, with the winger firing the ball across goal as Cole blazes the ball over the bar.

Carrick cuts out Whelan's ball out wide to Coleman, amending for an earlier error that gifted possession to the Republic.

England get the second half underway with a lack of communication between Defoe and Rooney.

Two England changes at the break: Jones for Johnson and Foster for Hart.

Entertaining stuff as the teams go in level. Send your second half thoughts to or @JWoodfield365 and I'll publish the best messages.

HT: England 1 Republic of Ireland 1.

Keane falls as the England bodies try to clear the ball in the six-yard box, with Republic fans incensed as they believe their side should have had a penalty.

Corner to the Republic as McGeady sells Johnson short with a dummy before Cahill slides in to make the tackle.

Defoe is clattered into by O'Shea, with no free-kick awarded remarkably, but England respond with another attack moments later as Johnson's ball in is collected calmly by Forde.

England knock the ball around defence, until a touch from Johnson to Walcott sees the England defender floored by Kelly. England rree-kick 30 yards from goal.

Walcott and Rooney look to exchange passes, but they do so inbetween a host of bodies that sees O'Shea step in to prevent the former reaching the return ball.

Walcott skins Kelly at the byline, displaying excellent skill before flashing the ball across goal where O'Shea is on hand to make a timely clearance.

The lively McGeady slips in to pickpocket Cahill, but with space in front of him, he decides to shoot somewhat prematurely and drags his effort wide from range.

Oxlade-Chamberlain twists and turns in front of Coleman, before switching the ball to his left foot where he aims a relatively tame shot at Forde.

Johnson and McGeady exchange tugging, but pleasantries after as England win a free-kick in their own half, with the battle contested largely in midfield for the time being.

That change is made as Defoe comes on for Sturridge.

Sturridge is not happy on the sidelines and it appears his game may be over as Defoe warms up to take his place.

Sturridge pulls up looking to retrieve the ball off Whelan, limping to the touchline to receive treatment as play continues.

Jagielka and Long state their claim for wrestling to be reinstated into the Olympics, with the decision this time going in the latter's favour.

Johnson does well to progress to the byline, but directs a poor ball well ahead of any oncoming team-mates as the ball harmlessly bounces out of play.

Smooth build-up sees England edge forward, with Johnson then taking on McGeady only to lose out to the resilient winger.

Rooney clears the lines for England, but a tremendous tackle from McCarthy prevents the striker's progress as the ball rolls out of play.

McGeady looks to lead the charge to retake the lead for the Republic, seeing his cross from the left charged down as the visitors win a corner.

As the Republic's defence switches off, Lampard ghosts in to meet Sturridge's ball before poking the ball past Forde to level up the scores. Game on again!


McCarthy looks for Long at the near post, delivering a threatening ball that Hart smothers as he rushes out to claim.

The busy Long nudges Jagielka out of the way to retrieve Forde's ball upfield, but concedes a foul in the process and it's an England free-kick.

St Ledger heads away, but the ball is played back to Rooney, with Jagielka glancing the ball wide as Forde directs the ball forward from the goal-kick.

Rooney looks for Sturridge, but ends up earning England another corner as the hosts look to respond with urgent fashion.

Sturridge's persistent harrassing of Coleman sees England force a corner, which is well claimed by Forde in the end from Rooney's delivery.

Lampard's free-kick cannons into the wall, but Cole can't keep the ball in play as Coleman forces a mistake and a throw-in to the Republic.

Rooney is caught by Walters, but as England play the free-kick short, Walcott is then up-ended moments later by Whelan.

Not many could have seen that coming. Long comes back to haunt his former West Brom boss Roy Hodgson with a textbook header from Coleman's delivery. Hart stood no chance. 1-0 to the Republic!


Slick passing from England sees them evade the pressure of Long and Keane, as the hosts knock the ball forward being Carrick carelessly concedes the ball.

Walters can't keep the ball in play with a clearance down the right side, with England regain possession from the throw-in before McGeady slides in to intercept Johnson's pass.

Lampard and Rooney link-up, but as Lampard is felled under a collision with McCarthy, play is waved on by the referee despite England's claims for a free-kick.

Long is set free down the right, but upon being marshalled by Cahill, the defender again gets the better of the exchange as he makes the tackle.

Cahill heads away Forde's clearance, with Long's hussling on the centre-back resulting in an England free-kick.

Oxlade-Chamberlain's ball in to Cole is eventually picked up by Walters, who prevents the corner being conceded as England win a throw-in deep in the visitors' half.

Johnson applies pressure on McGeady to win England a throw-in, but a series of poor passes eventyally result in Sturridge switching play to the left with Lampard,

Keane entered tonight's game in good form, but he can't capitalise with his first effort as an early boot from range lands wide of Hart's goal.

An England corner comes to nothing and the Republic enjoy a spell of tidy possession before Johnson reclaims the ball for England.

Oxlade-Chamberlain drifts inside Whelan and receives a tug from the midfielder. Free-kick to England in the centre of the park.

Republic get the game underway.

With the anthems out of the way, all impeccably sung by those involved, we're just minutes away from kick-off at Wembley.

James Mower writes: "I like the look of Jon Walters to score first but think England will prove to be too strong, running out 3-1 winners. Should be an entertaining game."

The players have walked on to the pitch and it's time for the national anthems, once FA chairman David Bernstein has shaken the hand of every player.

Richardson tweets: "I can see England comfortably winning today with Super Frank, Cahill and Sturridge scoring in a 3-0 whitewash."

WIth Daniel Sturridge making his first start for England, the striker can be backed at 6/1 with Sky Bet to open the scoring tonight, with Jon Walters an interesting option at 16/1. England are 4/9 favourites to triumph, with Ireland 7/1 for victory and the draw available for backing at 7/3.

Archie ponders: "Just wondering if Rooney gets substituted will he ask for a transfer from England !!!!!! Well done Cole on getting 100 caps, even though he has taken a load of stick from the England fans in the past he has been forever reliable. Hoping to see a good open games with lots of goals to keep me going until August."

Harry Dean asks: "Surely England will win tonight? We're at our home ground. Ireland are a good team, but we have quality which they don't possess. Interesting fact for you though. England haven't beaten Ireland in the last 4 attempts, with the last 3 matches finishing 1-1. Surely it's time for a change?"

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge makes his first start for England as Roy Hodgson's men look to earn their first win over the Republic of Ireland since 1985. Michael Carrick and Frank Lampard start together in midfield for the first time since October 2009 while Ashley Cole captains the side on his 102nd appearance. Robbie Keane captains the Republic of Ireland despite landing in London yesterday morning from Los Angeles while Stoke's Jon Walters starting on the right of midfield for Giovanni Trapattoni's side.

Republic of Ireland: Forde, Coleman, O'Shea, St Ledger, Kelly, Walters, McCarthy, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Long. Subs: Westwood, Randolph, McClean, Richard Keogh, O'Dea, McShane, Quinn, Cox, Meyler, Brady, Andy Keogh, Sammon, Hoolahan, Hendrick, Delaney.

England: Hart, Johnson, Cole, Cahill, Jagielka, Walcott, Carrick, Lampard, Sturridge, Rooney, Oxlade-Chamberlain. Subs: Foster, McCarthy, Baines, Lescott, Jones, Milner, Rodwell, Defoe, Welbeck.

Good evening everyone and welcome to Wembley Stadium for the international friendly between England and the Republic of Ireland. The team news is in and will appear here shortly, if you'd like to get in touch tonight you can e-mail or tweet @JWoodfield365.

Kick-off is at 2000 BST.


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