The Republic of Ireland earned a 1-1 draw with England after Shane Long opened the scoring in the 12th minute, before Frank Lampard leveled the game in the sides' first meeting for 18 years.
Robbie Keane has had to pull out of the Republic of Ireland squad and will miss their upcoming FIFA World Cup™ qualifier with Austria after suffering a calf injury against Sweden.
Republic of Ireland are set to utilise a 4-3-3 format on Friday when they welcome European heavyweights Germany to Dublin for an important 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifier.
An action-packed Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium saw a brace from Matthew Etherington against his former club give Stoke City a 2-1 victory over in-form Tottenham Hotspur.
Blackburn Rovers' season continued to go downhill as they were on the end of a 3-1 defeat at Stoke City, with Rory Delap, Glenn Whelan and Peter Crouch doing the damage to Steve Kean's struggling side.
Ahead of Republic of Ireland's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier with Macedonia, manager Giovanni Trapattoni has been forced to make several changes to his depleted squad.