England face tough friendlies ahead of Euro 2016

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The Football Association have announced that England will play Germany, Spain, Italy and France in friendlies in the run-up to Euro 2016.

The friendly dates are yet to be announced. The friendlies were confirmed by Football Association general secretary Alex Horne and will take place over the next two years.

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Friendlies confirmed

Horne said: "We have got a set of friendlies to go with the qualifiers right through to March 2016 all arranged.

"We will be playing the bigger European countries - it makes more sense to prepare for a European tournament by playing European opposition so we have put less of an emphasis on non-Europeans over the next two years.

"Home and away we will be playing France, Spain, Italy and Germany."

England will enter the friendlies after a bitterly disappointing World Cup in Brazil where the national side failed to progress beyond the group stage or win a single game.

Horne acknowledged the disappointment expressed by the fans. He added: "We have got some work to do, we have to rebuild a squad which is Roy Hodgson's department, and we have got to rebuild some trust with the supporters."

Rooney captain

Roy Hodgson named Wayne Rooney as captain this week along with a familiar looking side to the squad that travelled to Brazil for the friendlies.

Calum Chambers, Danny Rose, Jack Colback and Fabian Delph were announced as the new additions to the England squad ahead of Wednesday’s friendly with Norway at Wembley before the Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on September 8. 

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