England to pay Brazil and Belgium in preparation for Euros next year

England set to take on Brazil and Belgium in March as Gareth Southgate’s side ramp up preparations for Euros in Germany next summer

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England will take on Brazil and Belgium at Wembley in March as they build towards next summer’s Euros in Germany.

Five-time World Cup winners Brazil, third in FIFA’s global rankings, will be first up on March 23, followed by the fifth-ranked Red Devils’ visit three days later.

England boss Gareth Southgate said facing fellow top-five teams will be critical for his fourth-ranked side, who have already qualified for the tournament with October’s 3-1 win against Italy.

A Harry Kane brace and one from Marcus Rashford proved enough for England to secure their spot for next summer. 

Southgate also drew focus to England finishing as a top seed in next months Euros draw, which they will do should they beat minnows Malta and North Macedonia in late November. 

Kyle Walker in action against Brazlian Neymar during their last meeting at Wembley in 2014

Gareth Southgate will be looking to hone his team down to its finest details in the build up to next summers Euros tournament in Germany 

Romelu Lukaku took on the armband for Belgium’s game against Sweden in place of the injured Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne 

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He said: ‘I am happy to have two strong matches in March as we build towards the Euro finals. It is important we take every opportunity to test ourselves against top opposition.

‘Before then, we have our last qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia coming up. Getting two positive results is essential if we are to make sure of being top seeds in the Euro draw next month. 

‘We can’t afford to think the job is done as there is still work to do, while every second for us together in camp counts if we are to give ourselves the best chance of success next summer.’

Brazil’s visit will mark the first time England have faced a South American side in almost six years, with their last visit to Wembley ending in a 2017 goalless draw.

This will be the 26th time England have faced Belgium, their last encounter ending in a 2-1 victory at Wembley for the hosts in October 2020.

Southgate’s side still have two games left to play in the Euro 2024 qualification process, first hosting Malta at Wembley on November 17 before travelling to North Macedonia on November 20.


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