Sporting Digest: Football

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The Republic of Ireland are to play Argentina in a friendly international at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, on 22 April. Mick McCarthy's team have also arranged games against the Czech Republic in Prague on 25 March and Mexico in Dublin on 23 May.

Northern Ireland have agreed to play a friendly against Romania in Bucharest on 30 May. They then play Spain in Santander on 3 June. Northern Ireland have also agreed to play a B international against the Republic of Ireland at Tolka Park, Dublin, on 11 February 11; but a proposed friendly against Colombia in Belfast on 25 March has fallen through because the South Americans' financial demands were too high.