Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni was pleased with his side's performance against England, despite letting a one goal lead slip.
Trapattoni was particularly impressed with striker Shane Long, who headed in Ireland's goal while the Italian also expressed his delight with Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy.
The 74-year-old told the BBC: "They needed this experience and they will learn from it, and I think in 90 minutes, the result was right"
It was the first match between the two countries since 1995 when the game at Lansdowne Road was abandoned due to crowd violence.
There were no signs of crowd trouble this time even after Frank Lampard equalised for the home side.
Trapattoni added: "England in the second half had more possession, but we already knew the great personality that England have.
"They are one of the three or four strongest countries in football."
Ireland will host Gerogia in Dublin on Sunday before Trapattoni's side play the Faroe Islands in a World Cup qualifier on June 7.
Last night's encounter came at the end of a long season for some players with inexperienced defender Sean St Ledger's mistake allowing Lampard to score while others were clearly exhausted.
Trapattoni told the Irish Times: "We need to give them a rest now because the game against the Faroe Islands is our biggest target."
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