IRISH striker Aaron Connolly claims he is not bothered about making his debut at Wembley.
And the Brighton forward admits games between England and Ireland – who meet in a friendly on Thursday – mean more to older football fans.
Connolly claims he isn’t bothered about playing at WembleyCredit: PA:Press Association
Players from around the world often talk about their excitement when playing at Wembley for the first time.
But Connolly said: “Personally, I haven’t grown up saying that I want to play at Wembley because obviously as an Irish kid, you don’t grow up thinking, ‘I’d love to play at Wembley’.
“For me, it’s just another game. It’s a big game, obviously, to play against England, but personally, it wouldn’t have been a dream of mine to play at Wembley, no.”
The match will only be the third clash between these two countries in 25 years. In their previous meeting, England drew 0-0 in 2015 in a friendly.
The last six matches have all been drawn with Ireland beating England 1-0 at the 1988 European Championships.
Connolly was asked if football history is less relevant to younger players.
He said: “It could be that. The gaffer touched on it that Darren Randolph was the only one born back in 1988 when Ireland beat England. So maybe it is a bit lost on me, as I don’t really understand most of what has gone on or happened.
“I am bothered. I think everyone else is as well, but I’m not going to go back into the history of something I don’t really understand.”
Connolly and Adam Idah missed the tie as they had both been in close contact with the person.
As a result, the two players were not allowed to feature against Slovakia and did not travel with the squad to the match venue.
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