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Ireland's Final Friendly Before Euro 2016 Has Been Confirmed

Ireland's Final Friendly Before Euro 2016 Has Been Confirmed

In what has to be a nice reminder of the achievement of Euro 2016 qualification, Ireland will host the Netherlands in the Aviva on May 27th in our final warm-up match before the finals kick of in France.

The Dutch are the most high profile side to have failed to qualify for the 24 team tournament and they will certainly provide a solid test for Martin O'Neill's men just a couple of weeks out from our first group game against Sweden in Saint Denis.

Friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia have already been confirmed for the 25th and 29th of March and it seems they will be used as the opportunities for O'Neill to take a look at the full extent of his squad. With the likes of Alan Judge pushing his way into the squad, it's likely we'll see quite a few players used over the course of those two games.

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On the other hand, with the Netherlands friendly coming so close to Ireland's first Group E game on June 13th, it's fair to say the final friendly is going to be all about fine tuning the final preparations. With the Netherlands still 14th in the FIFA World Rankings despite their dire qualifying campaign, it's certainly an ideal opponent to test ourselves against before things begin in earnest.

Gary Reilly

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