England v Republic of Ireland LIVE commentary and team news: Phil Foden set to start while Jude Bellingham could make debut

England face a hectic international break with three quick-fire games starting with a friendly against the Republic of Ireland. Gareth Southgate’s men face Nations League ties against Belgium and Iceland soon but are first at Wembley for the visit of near-neighbours Ireland. The Three Lions have been a mixed bag recently, beating big guns Belgium […]

England v Republic of Ireland LIVE commentary and team news: Phil Foden set to start while Jude Bellingham could make debut

England face a hectic international break with three quick-fire games starting with a friendly against the Republic of Ireland.

Gareth Southgate’s men face Nations League ties against Belgium and Iceland soon but are first at Wembley for the visit of near-neighbours Ireland.

England take on the Republic of Ireland in a Wembley friendly this week
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The Three Lions have been a mixed bag recently, beating big guns Belgium before losing at home to Denmark last month.

Southgate will want to start seeing some consistency from his men as they continue to build towards next summer’s rearranged European Championships.

England and Ireland have not met since a goalless draw friendly in June 2015.

Stephen Kenny’s Irish side have struggled for form since he took over and he’ll be eager to turn a corner in London.

talkSPORT will be in attendance under the Wembley arch to bring you all the action live.


England v Ireland: How to listen

This match will get under way at 8pm on Thursday, November 12.

Full coverage from Wembley Stadium will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 7pm.

Mark Saggers will be your host before commentary from Jim Proudfoot, Stuart Pearce, and David Connolly.

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England v Ireland: What has been said?

Bukayo Saka has told Jude Bellingham to remain fearless following the 17-year-old’s first senior England call-up.

“I don’t think he needs a lot of advice,” said the 19-year-old Arsenal ace. “He is doing amazing things, he is playing for Borussia Dortmund and I saw him the other weekend come on against Bayern Munich so he is doing big things.

“He is doing really well so my advice is just to keep going and keep being fearless because as long as he keeps playing with no fear and showing his talent I think he can go far.

“I played with him last month when we went to the England Under-21s and I was very impressed with him.

“On Tuesday he had his first training session with the team and I was impressed with him again, he is so young and it is just good to see that a young player can come into this environment and play so fearlessly.”


Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount plays down talk of England rivalry with Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish

Like Bellingham, Saka’s development has also been rapid, having broken into the Arsenal side last year and he admits his quick progression to a fully-fledged England international has even caught him out.

“Yes, 100 per cent,” he replied when asked if he was surprised by his speedy rise.

“I didn’t believe it would happen this quickly but I am here and I can only control what is in front of me and just do my best to stay here because obviously this is where I want to be and where I have been working to be.

“All the boys have been so good with me. From the first minute I came in Harry Kane put his arm around me, spoke to me and asked me how I was and stuff like that – for him to do stuff like that helped me settle in much quicker and made me feel comfortable to be myself around everyone.”

Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham has been called up for England
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England v Ireland: Team news

Full England squad

  • Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Dean Henderson (Manchester United)
  • Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Reece James (Chelsea), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
  • Midfielders: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Harry Winks (Tottenham)
  • Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Full Ireland squad

  • Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Caoimhín Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth)
  • Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest), Kevin Long (Burnley), Shane Duffy (Celtic, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion)
  • Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jayson Molumby (Brighton and Hove Albion), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)
  • Forwards: Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Adam Idah (Norwich City), James Collins (Luton Town), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers)