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England avoid hot ticket

Published 26/03/2010 | 05:00

England have been handed a favourable fixture list in their Euro 2012 qualification campaign, beginning with the first competitive Friday night kick-off at the new Wembley against Bulgaria on September 3.

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The new international calendar will see double-headers played on Fridays and Tuesdays, and Fabio Capello's men continue their Group G campaign away to Switzerland four days later and then face a home match against Montenegro in October.

The most eagerly anticipated games will be against John Toshack's Wales at the Millennium Stadium on March 26, 2011, and later at Wembley on September 6 that year.

FA officials were relieved that the draw has seen England avoid June matches in Bulgaria and Montenegro where the heat could have proved a problem.

They host the Swiss in June and travel to Bulgaria in early September when the temperature is likely to be less of an issue.

England finish their campaign away to Montenegro on October 7.

Wales face a tricky start, away to Montenegro on September 3, followed by a home match with Bulgaria the following month.

Irish Independent

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