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Chris Hughton calls on Ireland and England fans to concentrate on football

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Chris Hughton during his time with Ireland in 2003

CHRIS HUGHTON has called on Ireland and England supporters to concentrate on football rather than politics at Wembley tonight.

The Norwich City boss and former Ireland international who wrote a column for the Workers’ Revolutionary Party publication News Line during his playing days is hopeful the match will be remembered for the right reasons this time round, following violence in the stands the last time the two teams met at Lansdowne Road in 1995.

Speaking to The Irish Post he said: “I think everyone wants to see it as a good spectacle.

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“Certainly I think it will be a very good game and I think everybody just wants to see a fair spectacle where there are no crowd problems and the game just runs smoothly.

“I think that this game will take place again in the future so hopefully this one doesn’t involve any trouble.”

Born in East London to an Irish mother and a Ghanaian father, the 54-year-old who played for Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Brentford, was on the Irish bench the last time the two countries met at Wembley back in 1991.

The former Newcastle United manager ended that night at The National in Kilburn and expects the Irish team to be fired up for the match with Roy Hodgson’s men.

He said: “I played against England at Euro 88 and in two friendly matches – they are the type of games you want to play in.

“It’s always a massive occasion and I’m delighted to see it back. It has been a long time now since we last played and there are so many links between the two countries, families and so on – it’s really good to see it back.”

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