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France to host Republic of Ireland in May 28 friendly

ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

PARIS -- France will host the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France on May 28 as part of their World Cup warmup program.

The French Football Federation made the announcement on Friday.

European Championship runners-up France also have friendlies at home with Colombia, Italy, and the United States and away to World Cup host Russia on March 27.

France open their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16 in Kazan.

 By PA Sport

Ireland's Cyrus Christie reveals racist abuse from fans on social media

Ireland scored first but Denmark came back in a big way behind the talent of Tottenham's Christian Eriksen to book a spot in the World Cup.
Cyrus Christie of the Republic of Ireland celebrates with Shane Duffy after scoring a goal for his team against Uruguay.
Cyrus Christie, right, has been the subject of racist messages on social media.

Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie has called on the football community to "stand up'' to racism after revealing he has been a target on social media.

Christie was subjected to abuse on Twitter after scoring an own-goal during the World Cup playoff defeat by Denmark, with the Football Association of Ireland reporting his treatment to the Gardai.

The Coventry-born player was allegedly told by one user to go and play for Jamaica, with other references to lynching the 25-year-old.

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Martin O'Neill suggests he plans on Republic of Ireland stay

Ireland scored first but Denmark came back in a big way behind the talent of Tottenham's Christian Eriksen to book a spot in the World Cup.
The FC panel pile on the praise for Christian Eriksen's hat-trick performance that powered Denmark's thrashing of Ireland.

Martin O'Neill has indicated that he plans to stay on as Republic of Ireland manager despite the nation's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Ireland's hopes of reaching a first World Cup since 2002 were brought to an end with a 5-1 defeat to Denmark in the second leg of their playoff on Tuesday.

Former Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa boss O'Neill, who led Ireland to Euro 2016, said he would hold talks with Football Association of Ireland head John Delaney but suggested he expected to remain...

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Denmark boss Age Hareide thanks Ireland 'for giving us space'

The FC panel pile on the praise for Christian Eriksen's hat-trick performance that powered Denmark's thrashing of Ireland.
Ireland scored first but Denmark came back in a big way behind the talent of Tottenham's Christian Eriksen to book a spot in the World Cup.

Denmark manager Age Hareide thanked Republic of Ireland for giving his side, and in particular matchwinner Christian Eriksen, the space within which to thrive.

Eriksen hit a hat trick as Denmark ran out 5-1 winners in a World Cup playoff second leg in Dublin on Tuesday to qualify for the finals in Russia next summer after a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Parken.

And Hareide had a message for Ireland after the match as he praised Eriksen for his contribution.

He said: "Just to say, 'Thank you very...

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Republic of Ireland boss O'Neill tips hat to 'world-class' Eriksen in defeat

The FC panel pile on the praise for Christian Eriksen's hat-trick performance that powered Denmark's thrashing of Ireland.

Martin O'Neill admitted his Ireland team were "well beaten" by a "world-class" player in Christian Eriksen after Denmark's 5-1 win in Dublin claimed a place at next year's World Cup finals.

"He played very very well," said O'Neill of Tottenham playmaker Eriksen after the second leg of a playoff. "He's a top class player and he proved it tonight."

Eriksen grabbed a hat-trick as Denmark powered past the Irish having conceded a sixth minute goal to Shane Duffy's header. "It's a real disappointment,...