England look for 2010 revenge

England will have a chance to avenge their World Cup defeat to Germany next month when Joachim Low's team visit.

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England will have a chance to avenge their controversial World Cup defeat to Germany next month when Joachim Low's team come to Wembley for a friendly.

The Football Association (FA) has been planning for the build-up to the World Cup for some time and now they can make those plans public following the team's qualification for Brazil.

Club England managing director Adrian Bevington confirmed the FA is expected to announce on Thursday that England will host Germany at Wembley on November 19, four days after another friendly, which will also take place at the national stadium.

The Germany game will be the first time since England have played their old enemy since the 4-1 defeat in the 2010 World Cup, when Frank Lampard's goal was ruled out even though it bounced over the line.

"We are pretty well advanced (in negotiations for the November friendlies)," Bevington said in a joint interview with the BBC and Al-Jazeera.

"I expect to be in a position in the next 24 hours to confirm one of them. I don't think it is any great secret that we are expecting to play Germany in the second of the two games next month.

"That would conclude the 150th anniversary celebrations of the FA so it would be a great way to end the year.

"I am sure the Germany game will be a marvellous occasion at Wembley."

The opponent for the first friendly, which will take place on either November 15 or 16, is still to be decided.

The FA had lined Uruguay up, but they are unavailable now as they have a World Cup play-off in November.

Bevington confirmed talks were taking place between the FA and "non-European" nations, with Australia and Argentina both thought to be potential opponents.

Bevington revealed that England hope to play Denmark at Wembley in the international window in March.

Then, after the end of the season, preparations for the World Cup will begin in earnest.

The Saturday after the 2014 Champions League final (May 31), England will play another game at Wembley before heading to the United States.

They will play the USA somewhere in north America before heading down to Miami for a pre-World Cup training camp.

While in Miami England will play an as yet unnamed opponent at the 76,000-capacity Miami Dolphins stadium.

Once in Brazil, the Three Lions hope to base themselves at the five-star Royal Tulip hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

England were based at the Windsor Atlantica on the front of the lively Copacabana beach for their friendly in June, but the Royal Tulip is in a quieter part of the city.

When in Brazil, England trained at Urca military base - a stunning setting, which was overlooked by Sugar Loaf Mountain.

The base has been designated as a training ground for the tournament and Bevington hopes England's visit there in June, when they allowed servicemen and locals in to watch training, will work in their favour.

"The organising committee in Brazil have contracted the Urca base (as a training base for the tournament)," Bevington added.

"We were the first team so that was our first option, and we are expecting that to be our training ground."

Former manager Fabio Capello drew criticism for basing the players out in a remote base in Rustenburg for the 2010 World Cup, but Roy Hodgson changed tact once he took over.

Hodgson based England in the heart of Krakow for Euro 2012 and it will be a similar scenario for the squad for the Brazil World Cup.

"I was very happy with how it went in Krakow, that we weren't completely isolated," Hodgson said.

"We do spend a lot of time together in hotel rooms and on training pitches so I thought it was nice that the players could have a bit more of a normal life.

"I don't know if it will be possible in Brazil, that will have to be researched.

"There is no perfect solution but I thought Krakow was good."


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