Eng­land to face Hol­land and Italy

Yorkshire Post - - FOOTBALL -

Eng­land’s World Cup prepa­ra­tions will con­tinue with March friendlies against Hol­land and Italy.

Man­ager Gareth South­gate has four games lined up be­fore next sum­mer’s tour­na­ment and the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion have ar­ranged to play two of the most high-pro­file sides who failed to qual­ify for Rus­sia.

The Three Lions will play at Am­s­ter­dam’s Jo­han Cruyff Arena on March 23 be­fore host­ing the Az­zurri at Wem­b­ley four days later.

Hol­land fin­ished third be­hind France and Swe­den in a tough qual­i­fi­ca­tion group, while Italy will miss their first World Cup in 60 years af­ter los­ing a play-off to the lat­ter.

Nev­er­the­less, both are considered strong enough op­po­nents to test South­gate’s side as he puts the fin­ish­ing touches to his squad.

Eng­land’s op­po­nents for the re­main­ing two friendlies are likely to de­pend on the out­come of the World Cup fi­nals draw, which will take place on De­cem­ber 1 in Moscow.

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