England manager Roy Hodgson has pleaded with fans to refrain from any political or religiously motivated chants during Wednesday’s clash with the Republic of Ireland
The clash at Wembley is the first time the countries have met since the friendly at Lansdowne Road in 1995 was abandoned after England fans began rioting.
The 65-year-old feels that Three Lions supporters have improved dramatically over the years, but the FA is concerned about a section of fans that continue to tarnish the game with right wing chants, as witnessed in a recent game against San Marino.
“As much as we all want to win, respect for the game and for our opponents is paramount,” Hodgson said in his programme notes.
“This game is no different and I strongly urge everyone in the ground to show each other respect and not to chant songs that could be regarded as insulting to others - particularly from a religious or political perspective.
“I hope everyone bears that in mind, and every time we come to support our national team.
“In my time as England manager the support this team has received at home and abroad has been nothing short of fantastic.”