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Friday 29 August 2014

England 1 Republic of Ireland 1

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29:  Ashley Cole of England battles with Seamus Coleman of the Republic of Ireland during the International Friendly match between England and the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium on May 29, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29: Ashley Cole of England battles with Seamus Coleman of the Republic of Ireland during the International Friendly match between England and the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium on May 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman attempts to block a shot on goal by England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) during the International Friendly match at Wembley Stadium, London
Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman attempts to block a shot on goal by England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) during the International Friendly match at Wembley Stadium, London
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29:  England fans hold a flag in memory of Lee Rigby prior to the International Friendly match between England and the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium on May 29, 2013 in London, England
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29: England fans hold a flag in memory of Lee Rigby prior to the International Friendly match between England and the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium on May 29, 2013 in London, England

The Republic of Ireland have held England to a draw at Wembley during their first clash in almost two decades.

This time the match managed the full 90 minutes - unlike Ireland's last encounter with England in 1995 which was called-off mid game due to rioting.

It started so well for the Republic as a stunning cross from Seamus Coleman was swiftly headed towards the top left corner of the England net by Shane Long.

Long opened the scoring, putting Ireland ahead in the 13th minute, taking advantage of some sloppy defending.

But the uproarious cheers emanating from the Irish fans - complete with green smoke pitch-side - were dulled as 10 minutes later England evened the scoreline.

Frank Lampard poked the ball in at close range in response to the Republic's early match opener.

The Republic of Ireland faced off against Roy Hodgson's men in the first fixture between the two nations in 18 years after rioting English supporters forced the abandonment of the last meeting in Dublin in February 1995.

Ireland had lost none of their last five meetings with England, including the game at Lansdowne Road which ended prematurely with the home side leading 1-0.

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