Eng­land book friendlies

Global Times - - Sports -

Eng­land have ar­ranged friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy in March as they step up their prepa­ra­tions for the World Cup.

Gareth South­gate’s side will face the Netherlands in Am­s­ter­dam on March 23 be­fore host­ing Italy at Wem­b­ley four days later.

Both the Netherlands and Italy have failed to qual­ify for next year’s tour­na­ment in Rus­sia. The Netherlands fin­ished third be­hind France and Swe­den in their qual­i­fi­ca­tion group. Italy will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958 af­ter los­ing 1-0 on ag­gre­gate in their two-legged play­off against Swe­den.

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