Now that England has secured its position in the World Cup with a win over Poland, they will have two home matches to prepare for the journey to Brazil.
As reported by TheFA.com, Chile and Germany will both play in Wembley at the end of the month. Chile is on Friday, Nov. 15, and Germany on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The high-profile doubleheader should bring big crowds and intense competition for The Three Lions.
Chile beat Ecuador 2-1 during their last World Cup qualifier last Tuesday and will bring in non-European opposition that coach Roy Hodgson was hoping for, as reported by James Olley of the London Evening Standard. England and Chile have played only five times (2-2-1) and Chile was England’s first opponents in the 1950 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
The Germany match will conclude the FA’s 150th anniversary year. England and Germany have battled 28 times with an almost even split—12 wins for England and 11 for Germany. Germany is a top seed in the World Cup, and the match will give England a sense of what to work on during training.
England has progressed under Hodgson’s direction, and the current crop of players has potential for success this summer if the correct adjustments can be made.
England will go to the United States after the doubleheader to play the U.S. Men's National Team and then have a training camp in the hot climate of Miami. The preparation in humid weather is crucial so the team won’t suffer too much in Brazil come summer.
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