England make warm-up plans

03 December 2011 09:46

England intend to play two warm-up matches prior to their Euro 2012 campaign next summer.

Fabio Capello discovered on Friday night that France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine will be England's opponents in Group D.

Club England managing director Adrian Bevington confirmed on Saturday morning that England will have two friendlies to prepare, writing on his Twitter site: "Two games at end of season being finalised - away and home before euros."

Acutely aware that his star men may be tired after an arduous season, Capello has vowed to learn a few lessons from the debacle that unfolded in South Africa last year.

That is likely to mean a reduction in preparation time ahead of the opening game against France on June 11.

It has previously been claimed England would make a momentous return to Dublin for an encounter with the Republic of Ireland if the pair were not drawn together.

England have not visited the Irish capital since 1995, when a friendly had to be abandoned after 27 minutes due to extensive trouble involving the visiting supporters.

However, there has been no official announcement on this.

It was confirmed on Friday night that England will face Holland at Wembley on Wednesday, February 29.

Source: PA

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