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Northern Ireland likely to face Czech Republic in friendly after premature website announcement

 

Familiar foes: Corry Evans takes on the Czechs in 2017
Familiar foes: Corry Evans takes on the Czechs in 2017

Northern Ireland will face the Czech Republic in a friendly on October 14, according to the Football Association of the Czech Republic's website.

The fixture has, according to the Czech Republic schedule, been set for four days after Northern Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands in Rotterdam.

It is understood that the game is likely to take place, although the confirmation on the Czech website is premature as an agreement is yet to be finalised.

With both teams playing just one qualifier over that international break, the two are set to fill the gap with this game, which is due to take place three days after the Czechs host England in a Euro qualifier.

While the venue has not yet been named, it is expected that Michael O'Neill's side will travel to Prague for the fixture

The Czech Republic have been good opponents for Northern Ireland recently - they are undefeated in their last four meetings, with the last game seeing Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt score in a 2-0 win at Windsor Park back in September 2017.

While the Czech side may not be as strong as in previous years, they will still provide O'Neill's men with a stern test, with the likes of Hertha Berlin playmaker Vladimir Darida and Burnley striker Matej Vydra their star names.

Meanwhile, Carrick Rangers have announced the signing of Willie Faulkner after the midfielder was released by Ballymena United earlier this month.

The 29-year-old, who has also played for Crusaders, is Carrick's first signing since regaining their top-flight status with victory in the play-off against Ards.

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