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Austria welcome England in opener

Published: Tuesday 13 January 2004, 20.45CET
England face Austria in their first 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier after the Group 6 schedule was agreed.

Published: Tuesday 13 January 2004, 20.45CET

Austria welcome England in opener

England face Austria in their first 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier after the Group 6 schedule was agreed.

England face a tough start to their bid to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup with trips to Austria and Poland.

Schedule agreed
After a meeting in Cardiff, the Group 6 nations, who also include Wales, Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan, agreed their schedule, which begins on 4 September with England in Austria, Wales visiting Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland welcoming Poland.

Hughes satisfied
Wales manager Mark Hughes, who will have the suspended Ryan Giggs back for their crucial trip to England on 9 October, said: "We're all reasonably happy. I think the main thing was that we had an agreement today. The worry prior to these meetings is that no one can agree and you have to go to the lottery of the FIFA draw. But that hasn't happened and I think everyone has taken something out of the fixtures meeting."

Group 6 fixtures

Date Matches
4 Sep 2004 Northern Ireland v Poland, Azerbaijan v Wales, Austria v England
8 Sep 2004 Poland v England, Austria v Azerbaijan, Wales v Northern Ireland
9 Oct 2004 England v Wales, Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland, Austria v Poland
13 Oct 2004 Wales v Poland, Northern Ireland v Austria, Azerbaijan v England
26 Mar 2005 England v Northern Ireland, Poland v Azerbaijan, Wales v Austria
30 Mar 2005 Poland v Northern Ireland, Austria v Wales, England v Azerbaijan
4 Jun 2005 Azerbaijan v Poland
3 Sep 2005 Wales v England, Poland v Austria, Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan
7 Sep 2005 Northern Ireland v England, Poland v Wales, Azerbaijan v Austria
8 Oct 2005 Northern Ireland v Wales, England v Austria
12 Oct 2005 Austria v Northern Ireland, England v Poland, Wales v Azerbaijan

Last updated: 17/04/12 18.56CET

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