England and the the Republic of Ireland will play their first competitive match against each other since 1991 when Nations League begins in September.
In 1965 the Republic of Ireland selected the first national team player born outside of Ireland in Manchester United's Shay Brennan. The decision would open the door for players with Irish parents to represent the Republic and allowed future stalwarts Mark Lawrenson, David O'Leary, John Aldridge, Tony Cascarino, Ray Houghton and David Kelly to turn out for the team. Eligibility rules were later relaxed to allow players with at least one Irish grandparent to play for the team. Players born in Northern Ireland had always been and continue to be eligible to play for the Republic and vice versa.
Republic of Ireland and the 1988 European Championships
Ireland were drawn alongside England, the USSR and Netherlands in a very tough group.
Back-to-back World Cups
Ireland couldn't find a way past Egypt and were forced to share the points with the North African nation, that result left Charlton's side needing just a draw against the Netherlands to progress provided England could beat Egypt.