Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, while not specifically mentioning the Doha fixture on November 14, lamented "the intrusion of a friendly game in some unknown country" in the midst of the club season.
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Countries involved in World Cup play-offs will play two matches during the break, while Germany, Spain, Italy and Holland are also scheduled to play twice.
'I don't understand what this is all about,' said Capello.
'Most other countries are playing two games but we are only playing one match and returning the players on Sunday, four days earlier than the other countries.
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'We did this out of respect to the players and their clubs at such a busy time in the fixture calendar.'
The friendly is the reciprocal match following Brazil's visit to Wembley in 2007, with the South Americans given the choice of where to play their "home" game.
It means Capello's men will embark on a 6,500-mile round journey for a match that falls between United's trip to Chelsea six days before and the visit of Everton to Old Trafford a week later.
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