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England confirm Egypt friendly

Fabio Capello will pit his wits against Egypt in a friendly on March 3 as England continue their build up for the 2010 World Cup.
Fabio Capello will pit his wits against Egypt in a friendly on March 3 as England continue their build up for the 2010 World Cup.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Fabio Capello will pit his wits against Egypt in a friendly on March 3 as England continue their build up for the 2010 World Cup.
  • The England manager sees the match as ideal preparation for their clash with Algeria in Cape Town on June 18
  • Algeria have ororganized game against Serbia on March 3 while Japan hope to arrange a match against Portugal
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(CNN) -- The Football Association have confirmed that England will begin their preparations for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with a friendly against Egypt at Wembley on March 3.

England manager Fabio Capello was keen for his side to come up against African opposition after they were drawn with Algeria in Group C along with Slovenia and the United States.

Algeria had knocked out Egypt in the qualification campaign for the tournament and Capello, who has not yet managed England against an African side, views the match as ideal preparation for the clash at the Green Point Stadium, Cape Town on June 18.

It will be Egypt's first visit to Wembley and England have played Egypt just twice previously, most recently

at the 1990 World Cup in Italy where England 1-0 won thanks to goal from Mark Wright.

Four years earlier, also under the stewardship of Bobby Robson, England won by four goals in a friendly in Cairo with an own goal from the hosts plus strikes from Gordan Cowans and Danny Wallace and Trevor Steven.

Algeria have organized a friendly against Serbia to prepare for their clash with Slovenia on March 3 at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers.

Japan, who have drawn two European sides in their group, have begun talks with Portugal about an international friendly on the same date although they would have to rearrange their Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain.

South Korea have lined up several friendlies as they look to step up their preparations for the tournament in January when they head to Malaga in Spain to face Finland on 18 January before taking on Latvia three days later, with a further friendly expected to be added.