England and Ireland renew their rivalry on Thursday night when they meet at an empty Wembley.
The Three Lions have not beaten their Irish rivals since 1985 when goals from Trevor Steven and Gary Lineker secured a 2-1 win.
Ireland won the next clash in 1988, and their six meetings since, between the 1990 World Cup and a friendly in 2015, have all ended in draws.
The Republic are a late replacement for New Zealand who withdrew from the fixture last month because of "travel and player availability complications" during the coronavirus pandemic.
England’s squad features two players who have appeared for the Republic of Ireland at youth level before pledging their futures to England; Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
Phil Foden is back in the squad after being sent home in disgrace for sneaking girls into the team hotel in Iceland, breaking strict coronavirus protocols.
However there's no place for Mason Greenwood, who was also dismissed from the squad alongside Foden back in September.
Borussia Dortmund's 17-year-old wonderkid Jude Bellingham is also set to make his debut after impressing Gareth Southgate in training.
What time is England vs Ireland?
Thursday’s match at Wembley kicks off at 8pm.
All the home nations are in action on Thursday night.
Both Scotland and Northern Ireland are one game away from the delayed Euro 2020, and they play their play-off finals against Serbia and Slovakia respectively at 7.45pm.
Coincidentally, the winner of Serbia vs Scotland will go into England’s group in next year’s tournament.
Elsewhere, Wales host the USA in a friendly.
England vs Ireland TV channel and live stream
As England’s clash with Ireland is a friendly, it means the Three Lions will be on ITV on Thursday night.
Coverage starts at 7.30pm on ITV1, which can also be streamed through the ITV Hub.
England’s subsequent Nations League games against Belgium and Iceland will be on Sky Sports.
For those wanting to keep an eye on Scotland and Northern Ireland’s progress in the Euro 2020 play-offs, the Scots will be on Sky Sports Football while Northern Ireland will be shown on Sky Sports Premier League.
England vs Ireland odds
The Republic of Ireland have simply forgotten how to score – 360 minutes and five matches ago since Shane Duffy headed a 93rd minute equaliser in Bulgaria – and England haven't exactly been goal-laden since then either.
So while England are just 3/10 to win Wembley's friendly international with thepools.com, and Ireland an understandably big 17/2, the better bet looks like England to win to nil which is a much more generous 17/20 call.
Last month's 1-0 defeat by Denmark means that three of England’s last five games have seen under 2.5 goals, and that's a near double your money 19/20 call with thepools.com.
With Gareth Southgate likely have one eye on Sunday’s more important clash in Belgium, also likely to rotate his striking resources, and with England’s last seven meetings with the Republic of Ireland all seeing under 2.5 goals that looks a generous price.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, meanwhile, is likely to be given another opportunity to shine, after scoring within minutes of his full international debut against Wales. After feeding off scraps at Everton in his last three outings and still managing a goal at Newcastle he's a very good 5/2 tip to open the scoring.
Odds are courtesy of thepools.com and subject to change.
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