England confirm Thailand friendly

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England have confirmed they will play Thailand in June next year.

The Three Lions will travel to south-east Asia immediately after their Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland at Wembley on June 4 to tackle a team currently managed by former England skipper Bryan Robson.

It will be the first meeting between the two countries and will commemorate the 65th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol's accession to the Thai throne.

The Football Association will also hope the game will gain valuable support in their bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Whether Premier League managers are so happy about the situation is another matter.

The prospect of their players heading such a long way for one game after the season has finished is not likely to appeal, although at least the match is not being played mid-season as was the case with the recent friendly with Brazil in Qatar.

The FA have already invested a lot of time in Thailand.

Manager Fabio Capello attended a seminar in the region to help local coaches in July 2008, whilst English football already gets major spin-offs from the region due to the massive popularity of the Premier League.

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