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Coverage of England's World Cup Qualifying matches involving two non-England teams. There are 10 matchdays with two games per matchday, one England; one non-England.

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England v Republic of Ireland

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England v Republic of Ireland (Kick-off 8.00pm). Mark Pougatch presents all the action from the friendly at Wembley Stadium. The last five completed matches between the sides have ended in draws, spanning back to a World Cup meeting in 1990, with the most recent of those meetings a goalless draw at Aviva Stadium in 2015. With analysis from with Ian Wright, Roy Keane and Ashley Cole, commentary by Sam Matterface and Lee Dixon, and reports from Gabriel Clarke.
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There’s a choice of Home Nations fixtures tonight: dour but crucial, or glamorous but irrelevant. On ITV, England’s Premier League stars play a match that is surely, in the current climate, even more unnecessary than friendlies usually are. Still, England v Republic of Ireland always has a bit of bite.

The chewed nails, however, will be in Scotland, whose national team are in Serbia (Sky Football), and Northern Ireland, who face Slovakia (Sky Premier League). Both matches kick off at 7.45pm and are Euro 2020 play-offs, with the winners through to the postponed finals next year. If Scotland can upset the odds and edge past the Serbs, they go into Group D, which also includes… England.

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PresenterMark Pougatch
GuestIan Wright
GuestRoy Keane
GuestAshley Cole
CommentatorSam Matterface
GuestLee Dixon
ReporterGabriel Clarke

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EditorStuart Smith

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Preparations for Euro 2020 are gathering pace, but for the players, the tournament comes at the cost of almost no rest, meaning tonight’s friendlies are likely to be about rotation and experimentation.

England face Austria at Wembley (kick-off 8pm, ITV), where captain Harry Kane will want to excel in order to at least draw headlines away from stories about his future at Tottenham Hotspur. Questions remain over who will partner him in attack, too, but Gareth Southgate may drop a few hints here. 

Elsewhere, Wales have a tough away test against France (kick-off 8:05pm, Sky Sports Football/S4C), so caretaker manager Robert Page will rely on Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, who spent last season on loan at Spurs. Scotland are also in action, away against the Netherlands (kick-off 7:45pm, Sky Sports Main Event), with their fine crop of players including the likes of Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney, who embodies the fighting spirit of Steve Clarke’s side. ITV has highlights of all three matches at 11:55pm (12:15am, STV). 

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