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Brazil up first at Wembley

Published: Wednesday 11 April 2007, 18.55CET
England will play their first game at the new Wembley against Brazil on 1 June as a warm-up for their UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier five days later against Estonia.
Brazil up first at Wembley
Brazil will grace the new Wembley next month ©Getty Images
 
Published: Wednesday 11 April 2007, 18.55CET

Brazil up first at Wembley

England will play their first game at the new Wembley against Brazil on 1 June as a warm-up for their UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier five days later against Estonia.

England will play their first game at the new Wembley against Brazil on Friday 1 June as a warm-up for their UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier five days later in Estonia.

Tenth meeting
The match will be the first for the national team at the rebuilt stadium, which opened last month with an Under-21 friendly against Italy and will stage the FA Cup final on 19 May, since a 1-0 defeat by Germany in October 2000. It will be the tenth meeting between the two countries at Wembley, with the most recent coming in May 2000 when Michael Owen scored in a 1-1 draw.

'Fantastic match'
FA chief executive Brian Barwick said: "It's a fantastic match to mark the team's return to the stadium after nearly seven years on the road around the country. Brazil featured in some memorable matches at the old Wembley. The new stadium is a fantastic football arena and I'm confident there will be many new memories created there for England fans over the coming years."

Tricky campaign
England are having a tricky UEFA EURO 2008™ qualification campaign, finding themselves fourth in Group E after six games. They are level on eleven points with Russia and Israel, and two behind leaders Croatia. Estonia, who have yet to pick up a point from their first five fixtures, take on Croatia at home on 2 June before playing host to Steve McClaren's side.

Last updated: 12/04/07 0.41CET

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