Northern Ireland to face Chile

  • Last Updated: February 21 2014, 12:44 GMT

Northern Ireland have announced a second summer friendly in South America, with Michael O'Neill's men taking on Chile on June 4.

Northern Ireland: Face Chile in the summer
Northern Ireland: Face Chile in the summer

The Irish Football Association has already agreed to take on Uruguay in Montevideo on May 30, and will now take on Chile in Valparaiso five days later.

O'Neill said: "I hope to have a squad as strong as possible available for the friendlies as this will be our final chance to play preparation games ahead of the start of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in September and having the opportunity to play top class opposition like Uruguay and Chile will be great experience for the players."

IFA president, Jim Shaw added: "As there is no friendly date in August this year, it was vital that we arranged two games for the end of the season to ensure that the manager had an opportunity to have the squad together ahead of the start of the Euro 2016 campaign. I am pleased that we have been to able to arrange the friendlies against Uruguay and Chile and I know that they will provide excellent preparation for the team ahead of the next qualifying campaign."

Northern Ireland have met Chile on three previous occasions, in 1989, 1995 and 2010, losing each time.


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