The Republic of Ireland Under-21s will prepare for their crucial 2013 UEFA Championship Group four qualifier against Italy on June 4 by hosting Denmark in a friendly a week earlier.
Noel King's side will take on the Danes at Tallaght Stadium on Monday, May 28 (7.30pm).
Ireland Head Coach King has indicated the warm-up game will be utilised to integrate some fringe players and newcomers into his set-up.
The squad then head west to Sligo to fine-tune preparations for the qualification tie against the Italians. This competitive fixture is scheduled for the Sligo Showgrounds on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4 (3pm).
Ireland have an unblemished record over three games in Sligo this season, beating Austria in a friendly last August before overcoming Hungary and Liechtenstein.
The Irish are currently in third spot of the UEFA qualification table, six points behind the Italians who have played a game more.
Second-placed Turkey - three points ahead of Ireland but with two more games played - present the biggest challenge for that potential play-off spot. However, first spot would be attainable for King's team should they prevail against the Azzurri.
Under-21 international fixtures:
Monday, May 28 â€“ International Friendly: Ireland v Denmark, 19.30hrs. Venue: Tallaght Stadium.
Bank Holiday Monday, June 4 â€“ UEFA EURO 2013 Qualifier: Republic of Ireland v Italy, 15.00hrs. Venue: The Showgrounds, Sligo.
The ticket details and squad will be announced early next week.
Republic of Ireland Under-21 Results 2011/12 season:
9 August 2011 (friendly): Republic of Ireland 2-1 Austria (Sligo Showgrounds)
1 September 2011 (qualifier): Republic of Ireland 2-1 Hungary (Sligo Showgrounds)
6 September 2011 (qualifier): Turkey 1-0 Republic of Ireland (Manisa)
11 October 2011 (qualifier): Liechtenstein 1-4 Republic of Ireland (Eschen)
14 November 2011 (qualifier): Republic of Ireland 2-0 Liechtenstein (Sligo Showgrounds).
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