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England book Italy friendly at Wembley ahead of Euro 2020

England book Italy friendly at Wembley ahead of Euro 2020
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The game is one of four warm-up matches for Gareth Southgate's men.

England will host four-time World Cup winners Italy as they step up their preparations for the Euro 2020 finals.

The Azzurri, who were crowned European champions in 1968, will head for Wembley in Friday, March 27 in the first of four friendlies in the build-up to next summer's tournament.

An FA statement said: "Italy will visit Wembley Stadium connected by EE to face England on Friday 27 March 2020 (8pm kick-off).

Gareth Southgate is making Euro 2020 plans
Gareth Southgate is making Euro 2020 plans (Steven Paston/PA)

"The fixture will be the first of four tests to help the Three Lions prepare for next summer's UEFA EURO 2020.

"The occasion will also be designated as 'The Heads Up International' in support of The FA's charitable partnership with HRH The Duke of Cambridge's Heads Together mental health initiative."

The Italians have been drawn in the same group as Wales, and Gareth Southgate's men will face another fellow finalist four days later when Denmark head for Wembley.

They will complete their pre-tournament programme with a trip to Vienna to face Austria at the Ernst Happel Stadion on Tuesday, June 2 before a home clash with Romania at a venue still to be confirmed five days later.

England's campaign gets under way against Croatia on Sunday, June 14 with the winner of the play-off path featuring Scotland, Israel, Norway and Serbia their next opponents on Friday, June 19 and the Czech Republic waiting in the wings for the final Group D fixture on Tuesday, June 23 with all three games taking place at Wembley.


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