Confirmed: England line-up to play the Republic of Ireland

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Here is how England will line up for this afternoon’s match including players from Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

England starting XI: Hart, Jones, Cahill, Sterling, Bertrand, Henderson, Wilshere, Milner, Sterling, Rooney, Lallana

England subs: Green, Gibbs, Walcott, Jagielka, Delph, Townsend, Austin, Cleverley, Barkley, Vardy, Clyne, Heaton

The Premier League season may now be over, and Barcelona’s Champions League triumph may have heralded the end of another campaign across Europe, but that does not mean the football has stopped just yet.

The Republic of Ireland and England go head-to-head in a friendly match at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon with both sides wanting to earn a win not just for the bragging rights but also to prove they deserve a starting spot for the bigger games to come.

The match gives some players the chance to impress international managers Martin O’Neill and Roy Hodgson, with Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying match against Scotland just around the corner.

This game gives O’Neill the chance to experiment ahead of the crunch clash, with Ireland currently two points below Scotland in Group D.

As for England, they are gearing up for their trip to Slovenia, with the Three Lions currently top of Group E, six points clear of their next opponents.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney starts the match as he looks to equal Bobby Charlton’s England scoring record of 49.

A brace this afternoon or next weekend will do just that and then the United skipper will rest ahead of what is sure to be a vital campaign for him and his club.

Other United players on show include Phil Jones and Chris Smalling while Liverpool are represented by Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and new signing James Milner. Arsenal's Jack Wilshere also starts for Hodgson's side.

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