England to set up World Cup base at Royal Tulip Hotel
But first there will be a friendlies against Germany and possibly Argentina at Wembley
ENGLAND hope to begin their World Cup preparations with a friendly against Germany at Wembley next month. According to BBC Sport, Club England managing director Adrian Bevington is "hopeful of confirming" the match, which will also be part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations. "It would be a great way to end the year," said Bevington.
The Germany game will be the second of two matches. England had pencilled in Uruguay for the first game on 15 November but following qualifying results on Tuesday, the South Americans must now play Jordan in a two-legged World Cup play-off next month. And the BBC says Australia or Argentina are favourites to step in.
The last time England met Germany was in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when the three-times world champions humbled the Three Lions 4-1. Like England, Germany have booked their place in next year's tournament by finishing top of their group, though in their case a massive eight points clear of second place Sweden.
England are also lining up two friendlies at the end of the season, one against Denmark in March and another against an as yet unidentified opposition on 31 May. England will then travel to North America to play their two final World Cup warm-up matches against the USA and another side.
Once in Brazil, England will be based in Rio de Janeiro and Bevington said they hope to take advantage of the Urca military base, the same training facility they used when they were in Brazil in June for a friendly. "We were the first team [to use it] so that was our first option, and we are expecting that to be our training ground," said Bevington, who added that the squad hoped to stay at the Royal Tulip Hotel.
On its website the award-winning hotel boasts of "its luxury and cosmopolitan architecture" and says among its many facilities are two adult swimming pools, three tennis courts and a fitness centre. Best of all, it has two bars. ·