Ireland’s next competitive football ties come against Wales and Denmark, after the Boys in Green were thrown in against the familiar foes in today’s UEFA Nations League draw.
Martin O’Neill now has a run of friendlies to get his team in shape ahead of the competition, with the opening fixture taking place in Cardiff. New Wales manager Ryan Giggs will be eager to get his reign off to the perfect start in a fixture which emphatically ended his predecessor Chris Coleman’s time in the job.
The trip to Cardiff is set for Thursday September 6 2018, before the month’s break leading up to back-to-back home games. Wales and Denmark come to town with ties at the Aviva Stadium on October 13 and 16.
The Green Army then face a November trip to Copenhagen once again, to finish off the group with an away game against the Danes.
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Given the uncertainty which surrounded the Irish management in recent weeks and the disappointment which followed the World Cup play-off defeat, there is an appetite to see the team get back onto the field and get a few wins under the belt.
Should Ireland give a good account of themselves in the UEFA Nations League, it could add real momentum ahead of the qualifying campaign for Euro 2020.