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Euro 2025 qualifiers: Katie McCabe says Republic of Ireland can ‘beat anyone’ before England test



While the Republic of Ireland were unable to salvage a point from the France game, England endured their own frustration on Friday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sweden at Wembley.

Republic of Ireland boss Eileen Gleeson said there were “no surprises” as to how England set up against the Swedes, adding she expects Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses to dominate possession in Dublin in what will be the sides’ first meeting in 37 years.

“We know England, over their Nations League campaign, are a team that dominates possession,” said Gleeson.

“They’re ranging between 60 and 70% against the opposition – Austria, Italy, Sweden, Scotland – so it was the same the other night.

“They’re very aggressive, high lines and no surprises but obviously they still bring their quality.”

When asked how big an impact a noisy home support could be on Tuesday, Gleeson said: “Huge. That level of support, the support for the girls we’re hoping is going to be nice and loud.

“It’s a real boost for us, when we’re in Tallaght or the Aviva like with the Northern Ireland game. It makes a real difference.”

The Republic of Ireland are without injured West Ham midfielder Jess Ziu, who has been replaced in the squad by Glasgow City’s Emily Whelan.

England have won all seven previous matches between the sides, the most recent of which was a friendly win in Dublin in March 1987.

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