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Ireland to host Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium (hopefully as a Euro 2016 warm-up)

It will be the first meeting between the teams for 11 years.

Ian Harte and Tranquillo Barnetta when the teams last met in 2005.
Ian Harte and Tranquillo Barnetta when the teams last met in 2005.
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THE FAI HAVE announced an international friendly between Ireland and Switzerland for next year.

The Boys in Green will host Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium on Friday, 25 March — the first meeting between the teams since 2005.

Switzerland, who are coached by Vladimir Petkovic and ranked 12th in the world by Fifa, qualified for the Euro 2016 finals by finishing runners-up behind England in Group E.

Ireland’s fate has yet to be decided, however, as Martin O’Neill’s side face a two-legged play-off with Bosnia & Herzegovina next month.

If they do prevail, this game will act as one of a number of warm-up matches ahead of summer’s tournament in France.

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