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O’Neill expresses delight at Mexico friendly

Martin O’Neill has expressed his delight at Ireland’s friendly with Mexico on June 1st.

The boys in green will take on the South American side at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, which has a capacity of 82,500.

Ireland take on Uruguay in another friendly at the Aviva three days later, and welcome Austria to Dublin on the 11th in a crucial World Cup qualifier.

O’Neill feels that the game will be beneficial to players who will be idle after their club season has ended.

“This is a brilliant match for us in our preparation for our World Cup qualifier against Austria,” the Ireland boss said.

“Mexico in the United States couldn’t be much tougher but it’s exactly what we want. We have another game against Uruguay a few days later at the Aviva Stadium before the Austria game the following week.

“The players who may not have played for a while after their club season has ended will, I’m sure, relish the opportunity to play against such quality opposition.”

Ireland’s last game against Mexico ended in a 2-2 draw in 2000, and June’s match will mark the fifth meeting between the countries.

The game will kick off at 8pm US time/1am Irish time.

Tickets for the friendly will be released via Ticketmaster.com from 3pm on Wednesday March 1st.

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