Ireland arrange morale-boosting friendly game with Sofa Land ​

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The FAI is exploring the possibility of arranging a morale-boosting friendly game with European minnows Sofa Land as their ongoing UEFA Nations League misery continues.

Stephen Kenny’s side extended their winless sequence in the competition to twelve games after Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Ukraine.

Republic of Ireland’s head coach Stephen Kenny gestures on the touchline during the international friendly football match between England and Republic of Ireland at Wembley stadium in north London on November 12, 2020. (Photo by CARL RECINE / POOL / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by CARL RECINE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

And with Scotland’s visit to Dublin fast approaching, the FAI are hastily arranging a friendly game against a furniture shop in the hope of clocking up a cricket score.

UEFA have already confirmed that Irish chiefs challenged employees of the sofa retailer to an XI v XI game at Lansdowne Road tonight.

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‘It’ll be a decent exercise for the lads and hopefully a few of them will get their name on the scoresheet this evening’, Sofa Land Regional Manager Andy Tufting told Paddy Power News.

‘Big Dave off nightshift will start in goal. Rick in sales will play the holding midfield role with Deirdre from accounts as a lone striker’.

‘We studied videos of the Armenia game in the canteen this morning and I don’t see them causing Big Dave many problems’.

Meanwhile, Stephen Kenny is warning his players not to underestimate Sofa Land despite Ireland going into the game as slight favourites.

‘People might expect us to beat these furniture shop employees comfortably but there are no easy games in international football, particularly for Ireland’.

‘They’ll be going into the game full of confidence after beating Legoland at 5-a-side last week’.

Identifying their strengths, Kenny said:

‘Sofa Land are dangerous on the tea break and Deirdre looks a real handful at set-pieces’.

Soccer Football – 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Republic of Ireland vs Serbia – Dublin, Ireland – September 5, 2017 Republic of Ireland’s Shane Long looks dejected at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

In related news, U2 frontman Bono sang a piano ballad he wrote for beleaguered Irish football fans.

‘Why Are We So Sh*te?’ was posted to U2’s official Instagram channel with the caption: ‘It’s desperate lads but here’s a little song no one asked for to cheer you up’.

However, after accidentally clicking on the video, one Irish fan wrote in the comments: ‘Haven’t we suffered enough for Christ’s sake?’

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