England manager Roy Hodgson has urged fans to respect their opponent during the friendly match on Wednesday at Wembley. Hodgson's e-mail, which is going to be received by the fans on Tuesday night, requests fans to avoid any chants of "religious or political perspective" during the clash at Wembley. This will be the first time the two nations will meet after 18 years.
Hodgson wrote: "England fans are rightly renowned for their passionate backing of the Three Lions wherever and whenever the team plays, at home or abroad. With this next match coming in the middle of half-term week, it promises to be a great family occasion and everyone in the stadium should be able to enjoy it. Ahead of the Ireland fixture, on behalf of the FA, I would like to ask our supporters to please respect our opponents and welcome them in the right way. Wembley is considered the world over as the home of football and we ask those attending to not take part in any chanting – particularly of a religious or political perspective – which could cause offence to our visitors or fellow fans."
England also face Brasil in a friendly match away from home on Sunday.