Friendlies With Denmark & USA In Pipeline For England

Phil Cole

With the friendlies against Chile and Germany confirmed, it seems the FA are trying to set-up friendlies for just before the World Cup.

I can't wait for the friendly with Germany and I think facing a South American team in Chile is a good idea ahead of the World Cup. However it seems we may be heading towards two more friendlies, one with Denmark and the other with our good friends from over the pond, USA!, USA!, USA!

Oliver Kay from The Times reported this morning that the two friendlies were in the pipeline. It will of course depend on the World Cup draw as if England are drawn in the same group as the USA, they won't play each other before the tournament. The game with the USA is likely to be in late May or early June, ensuring England could travel straight to their base in Brazil instead of having to return home first.

England last played the USA at the 2010 World Cup. The result was a 1-1 draw. Steven Gerrard sweeped England into the lead early but a horrific Robert Green mistake allowed Clint Dempsey to equalise for the States. England have faced off against the United States on 10 separate occasions, winning 7, losing 2 and drawing 1.

England have faced Denmark 18 times in their history, winning 11, drawing 4 and losing 3. England last faced the Danes in an International friendly in Copenhagen in February 2011. On that occasion England ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Darren Bent and Ashley Young.

England will face Germany and Chile next month, and facing a decent USA team will offer good preparation ahead of the World Cup. England have drastically improved over the last two matches, navigating their qualifying campaign without a single loss. Lets hope they maintain their attacking vigour.

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