Fabio Capello is running scared of a European Championship warm-up lesson at the hands of Ireland according to senior FAI sources.
Irish football bosses are still awaiting an official reply from England about the proposed May friendly at the Aviva Stadium.
UEFA have relaxed regulations that stop Euro finalists playing each other in the four weeks before next summer’s tournaments.
But the English FA have yet to accept the FAI’s invitation to return to Dublin for the first time since the 1995 Lansdowne Road riots.
“The way has been cleared to play this game after the UEFA ruling but we are still waiting on a reply from England,” said the senior FAI source.
“Giovanni Trapattoni wants the game and it would be a perfect send-off fixture for the Ireland team.
“But we are getting the feeling that Fabio Capello is not keen on the idea of playing against Giovanni Trapattoni so close to the finals.
“That seems to be the reason why we have yet to get a response from the English FA.”