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England confirm 2014 World Cup base

England sealed their place in Brazil with a win against Poland (©GettyImages)
England sealed their place in Brazil with a win against Poland (©GettyImages).

England will be based in Rio de Janeiro for next year's World Cup, the FA have confirmed.

FA general secretary Alex Horne says England's training base will be in Rio, and are likely to stay in a hotel on Sao Conrado Beach.

"You have to be ahead of the game on this, FIFA nominate hotels and training grounds and we have been and done our homework and we have selected where were are going to be based in Brazil and that will be in Rio." he told Sky Sports news.

Horne has also revealed England's plans for some friendlies in the build up to the finals in Brazil next summer.

"We are planning on two friendlies here [Wembley] in November to celebrate with the fans before we go to Rio and then another friendly in March here, then one end of May before we play two warm-up games overseas before going to Brazil."

Some of the games could be against old rivals Germany and the USA, as well as Australia and Denmark. Uruguay was also a potential fixture, although that seems unlikely as they will face a play-off to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

The FA have taken no time to prepare for Brazil. England secured their place at the finals with a 2-0 win over Poland at Wembley last night, with goals from Wayne Rooney and captain Steven Gerrard, and Horne admits it was a relief ti see England through.

He said: "From our perspective, it allows us to breathe easy.

"It is a great day for English football, it is a great day for us at the FA, we put in a lot of work to go through a whole campaign, and for it to boil down to the last game at Wembley - what a game, it was an incredible atmosphere, the players were brilliant.

"I am not sure Poland had read the script, it was meant to be easier than that, but them playing like that made it a phenomenal occasion and we could not be happier - we are on our way to Brazil."


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