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Ireland's first fixture of 2018 confirmed ahead of Uefa Nations League

Martin O’Neill’s side will face Turkey in March.

Ireland will face Turkey and France in 2018.
Ireland will face Turkey and France in 2018.
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IRELAND WILL KICK off their 2018 campaign with a friendly international against Turkey in Antalya on Friday 23 March, it has been announced.

The fixture at the New Antalya Stadium will be preceded by a four-day training camp as Martin O’Neill’s side begin their preparations for the inaugural Uefa Nations League in September.

The squad will assemble in Dublin on 18 March before departing for Turkey the following day for what will be one of two friendlies before the summer, with the Boys in Green also set to travel to Paris to face France on 28 May.

Turkey, currently 10 places below Ireland in the latest Fifa rankings, are in the same league for the Nations League and could be paired in the same group when the draw takes place on 24 January.

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