Republic of Ireland drawn with England in Nations League

The draw for the 2024 Nations League was made in Paris on Thursday evening.

The Republic of Ireland have been drawn in Group B with England, Finland, and Greece for their Nations League campaign this year. 

This will be the first time Ireland will be playing England in a competitive match since the Euro 1992 qualifying campaign. The game could mark the potential return of Declan Rice to the Aviva Stadium after making his last appearance there in 2018 against the USA. 

The last time both countries faced off was in a friendly in 2020, when Ireland lost 3-0 in a behind closed door match due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The game was mostly remembered for the off-field noise that followed when Damien Duff departed Stephen Kenny’s backroom staff after the ‘videogate’ scandal.

Ireland will be familiar with the other two opponents in the group, after playing Finland during the 2020 Nations League and Gus Poyet’s Greece in the most recent Euro 2024 qualifying campaign. The latter’s manager has expressed interest in the Irish job in recent times. 

The future Ireland manager will now know who he will face this year in competitive matches. The Nations League journey will begin in September. Fixture dates will be released in due course. 

Elsewhere, Republic of Ireland international Adam Idah scored a brace on his first start for Celtic.