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England line up friendlies

05 Jan 2012 17:46:45

England line up friendlies

England will face Norway and Belgium in their final two friendlies before Euro 2012.

Fabio Capello's men will head to Oslo to take on Norway on Saturday, May 26 in the same Ullevaal Stadion in which they famously lost to the Scandinavians in 1981, prompting Bjorge Lillelien's memorable commentary that ended with the immortal line: "Your boys took a hell of a beating."

Seven days later, on June 2, England entertain a Belgium side that could contain Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany and Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen, in their final warm-up game before heading to their base in Krakow ahead of the opening Euro 2012 encounter with France in Donetsk on June 11.

It will be the 21st meeting between the two nations with England losing just once, and their first encounter at Wembley since 1964.

"Since the draw in December we have been able to work towards these matches and the appropriate opposition, and I'm very happy with these two games," said coach Fabio Capello.

"In the draw we face one of the hosts, Ukraine, which will be a difficult atmosphere to replicate, but looking at the styles of France and Sweden I feel these games are a good preparation for us."

No kick-off times have been confirmed as yet and ticket information will be released in due course.


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