Uruguay to play Northern Ireland

  • Last Updated: February 4 2014, 23:18 GMT

Northern Ireland have been announced as Uruguay's final World Cup warm-up opponents, providing British opposition ahead of their Group D clash with England.

Luis Suarez: Heading to Northern Ireland
Luis Suarez: Heading to Northern Ireland

Uruguay meet Roy Hodgson's men on June 19 in Sao Paulo, with games against Italy and Costa Rica either side.

Their warm-up programme sees them take on Austria in Klagenfurt on May 5 and Slovenia in Montevideo on June 4, and they will now host Michael O'Neill's side in between.

A statement on the Uruguayan Football Association (UAF) website read: "The third and final opponent of the Uruguayan national team for their pre- World Cup preparation is confirmed. To the already fixed matches against Austria and Slovenia, it was determined that Northern Ireland will be the rival of Uruguay on May 30."

The sides last met in New Jersey in 2006, during current manager Oscar Tabarez's first match in charge.


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