England Continue 2014 World Cup Preparations with Denmark Friendly

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterOctober 21, 2013

England have added a friendly against Denmark at Wembley to their itinerary ahead of the 2014 World Cup, the Football Association has confirmed on its official website, TheFA.com.

Roy Hodgson's side will line up against the Danes on Mar. 5 next year as they continue their preparations for the finals in Brazil.

England qualified for the World Cup finals last week after defeating both Montenegro and Poland at Wembley.

The game has been arranged as part of the deal which saw England play at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen in February 2011.

England won that encounter 2-1, their 11th victory from 18 meetings with the Scandinavian country, which also includes the 2002 World Cup second-round clash in Japan.

Morten Olsen's side were unfortunate not to be included in the World Cup playoffs for Europe next month, after finishing second in Group B behind Italy.

However, Denmark missed out the draw on Monday as they possessed the "worst" record of the nine group runners-up, FIFA.com reported.

The Danes finished their qualifying matches strongly with a 2-2 home draw with Italy, where Alberto Aqualini scored an injury-time equaliser, followed by a 6-0 drubbing of Malta in their final game.

However, an embarrassing 4-0 home defeat to Armenia in June did not help the team's hopes of extending their qualification dream into the playoffs.

England will find themselves lining up against a number of familiar faces, with Daniel Agger, Kasper Schmeichel, Christian Eriksen and Nicklas Bendtner all potential opponents in the March friendly.

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