Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Football : England face Brazil in friendly


The Football Association has confirmed England will play Brazil in a friendly in Qatar on 14 November as part of their build-up for the 2010 World Cup.
England coach Fabio Capello has made a point of testing his team against World Cup contenders such as Spain, Germany and the Netherlands in the past year.
"In each of these games we have played away from home, which is important before South Africa," said Capello.
"We learn about ourselves and the level we must reach by playing the best."
The last time England played Brazil was for the opening of the new Wembley in June 2007, when the teams drew 1-1.
The match in Doha will be at the 50,000-seater Khalifa International Stadium.
It will take place six days after Chelsea play Manchester United in the Premier League, with Liverpool playing Birmingham City five days before the England match.
England sealed their qualification for the World Cup in South Africa with two games to spare when they beat Croatia 5-1 on 9 September. It means they can afford to start thinking early about plans for next summer's tournament.
They still have two qualifiers to play, away to Ukraine and at home to Belarus next month, before the game against Brazil.
Three more friendlies are planned for next year, one of which is likely to be against Japan in Austria, where England plan to have a pre-tournament training camp at altitude.

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