This is a discussion on the politics surrounding the match rather than the football itself.
England play Republic of Ireland at Wembley this Wednesday in an international football friendly. It is the first time the two cou˝tries have met since the abandoned game in 1995. Obviously since then the political atmosphere between the two nations has improved dramatically, and in the meantime the English rugby side played in Croke Park with no difficulties. But a hard core of right wing extremists continues to support the England football team, and there is increasing concern about what will happen in Wembley. In particular, Roy Hodgson, the English coach, has asked his team's fans to stop singing "No Surrender to the IRA". We can also expect Amhran na bhFiann to be loudly booed, as happens to most away national anthems at English internationals.
I assumed when the fixture was announced that there would be no problems, but there definitely seems to be a growing fear that the atmosphere on Wednesday night could be unpleasant. Are people right to be concerned? Or does it not matter anyway?
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