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All you need to know as Northern Ireland to host Israel at Windsor Park in September

Northern Ireland will host Israel in a friendly international at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Tuesday 11 September (kick-off 7.45pm).

Here's all you need to know about the game.

All you need to know about Northern Ireland v Israel

Venue: National Stadium at Windsor Park

Date: Tuesday, September 11 (kick-off 7.45pm)

Head to head record: The teams have played each other nine times. Northern Ireland have won three of those games, Israel winning once and the teams drawing five times.

Last time they met: The two countries last met in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in 2013 with the sides playing out a 1-1 draw in Tel Aviv.

Notable players in the Israel squad: The visitors have some well-known faces in their squad including ex-Chelsea, Manchester City and Bolton defender Tal Ben Haim and former Liverpool and all-time Israel appearance record holder Yossi Benayoun who has 102 caps for his country. Brighton and Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed and Club Brugge midfielder Lior Refaelov are also in the Israel squad.

What Michael O'Neill said: "When we are looking at options for friendly matches we want teams that will challenge us and help us improve as a squad. Israel offer both of those things. This is an excellent game for us and we will use it to build on what will hopefully be a positive result against Bosnia.

"This friendly match completes our schedule for 2018 and I am pleased with the mix of fixtures that we have. With friendly games against South Korea, Panama, Costa Rica, the Republic of Ireland and now Israel, as well as the competitive matches against Bosnia and Austria, we have a varied but exciting schedule and one which I believe will stand us in good stead ahead of the start of EURO 2020 qualifying next year."

Northern Ireland's upcoming fixtures: Northern Ireland v South Korea (24 March), Panama v Northern Ireland (29 May), Costa Rica v Northern Ireland (3 June),  Northern Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovinia (UEFA Nations League - 8 September), Northern Ireland v Israel (11 September).

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