The FAI have contacted the Football Association of Lapland and invited them to the Aviva Stadium to play the Republic of Ireland in a friendly. The move is seen as the latest attempt at securing Stephen Kenny’s first win as Ireland boss and FAI spokesman Derek Molloy said the game can’t come quick enough when asked if a date has been chosen yet.
“This evening. Tomorrow morning. The next day. Who cares? That Luxembourg game made me go grey overnight. As you can see I woke up this morning completely bald. It didn’t fall out, I pulled it out. For the sanity of everyone involved in Irish football we just need a win and we need it now.”
Ireland boss Stephen Kenny said he’s looking forward to the game but warned against underestimating Lapland.
“People may think we should beat them easy but there are no easy games in international football anymore. Okay so they’ve never played a game of football before but they have a few players who can cause us problems. Santa Claus may be 1,750 years old but we’ll have to mark him closely and I definitely wouldn’t underestimate Alabastar Snowball in goals. He may be a 3 foot Elf but he’ll still be very hard to beat.”
Bookies Paddy Power have already made Lapland odds on favourite for the win.