Home nations ties would be one-off

11 January 2011 01:00

The Football Association have revealed they are in talks to play the other home nations in 2013 but had no interest in reviving the Home International tournament.

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The FA are investigating the possibility of holding a series of matches against Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations. But general secretary Alex Horne poured cold water on the idea it could become a permanent arrangement.

"We're talking to the home nations about a possible one-off round of matches with them," said Horne, speaking at the official announcement of the FA's new partnership with Vauxhall.

"I think we'd be talking about a series of one-off matches in 2013 to mark our 150th anniversary."

The other home nations, and the Republic of Ireland, have organised their own four-team tournament in Dublin next month.

But Horne insists the success of that venture would have no impact on the FA's position on annual matches against them.

"I don't think that has a necessary bearing on our ultimate decision," he said.

Vauxhall managing director Duncan Aldred insisted the matter was for the FA but admitted he would love to see the return of a tournament last played in 1984.

"I've got fond memories of of the home internationals," he said.

"Commercially, it would be good for us as well."

Source: PA