Euro 2012 qualifiers kind on England
Published : 25 Mar 2010 18:37:59
England have been handed a favourable fixture list in their Euro 2012 qualification campaign beginning with the first competitive Friday night kick-off at the new Wembley against Bulgaria on September 3.
The new international calendar will see double-headers played on Fridays and Tuesdays, and Fabio Capello's men continue their Group G campaign away to Switzerland four days later ahead of a home match against Montenegro in October.
The most eagerly-anticipated games will be against John Toshack's Wales at the Millennium Stadium on March 26, 2011, and at Wembley on September 6 later that year.
The draw for the fixtures was conducted on Thursday in Tel Aviv after the other teams in England's group failed to agree a schedule between themselves.
FA officials were relieved that the draw has seen England avoid June matches in Bulgaria and Montenegro where the heat could have proved a problem.
They host the Swiss in June and travel to Bulgaria in early September when the temperature is likely to be less of an issue.
England finish their campaign away to Montenegro on October 7.
Wales face a tricky start, away to Montenegro on September 3 followed by a home match with Bulgaria the following month.
They travel to Switzerland and are at home to Montenegro either side of their home match against England.
Wales take on the Swiss in Cardiff in October 2011 and finish their campaign away to Bulgaria on October 11.