Republic of Ireland announce away friendly with Turkey in March

Republic midfielder David Meyler unleashes a shot in the 2014 friendly against Turkey in Dublin
Republic midfielder David Meyler unleashes a shot in the 2014 friendly against Turkey in Dublin

Republic of Ireland will travel in March to take on Turkey in their first game of 2018.

The Antalya friendly on 23 March will follow a four-day training camp in Turkey as the Republic make a first return to the country since 1999.

The teams have met 14 times, with the Republic winning five of the encounters compared with Turkey's two.

Turkey prevailed in their most recent match, securing a 2-1 win in a Dublin friendly in 2014.

The Republic lie 32nd in the world rankings - 10 places ahead of Turkey.

It is first of two away friendlies confirmed for the Republic next year, with Martin O'Neill's team also playing France at the Stade de France on 28 May.

Next month, the focus for the Irish will be on the draw for the Uefa Nations League, a new competition that will replace most international friendlies involving European nations and will provide four qualifying spots for Euro 2020.

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