FA Prepare England Friendlies Against Spain, Uruguay And Brazil

Wembley chiefs line up fixture at the Marcana.

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The Football Association are hoping to take England on a tour of South America to play Brazil and Uruguay in 2013, and face Spain later this season.

The FA view the tour as crucial to their acclimatisation ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Much depends on the fixture schedule of the 2013 qualifying games – and that will not be decided until November.

The belief along the corridors of Wembley is that the experience of the country and the culture would be beneficial for England players ahead of the World Cup.

The high-profile fixtures will also tie in with the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

The tour would be England’s first match in Brazil since John Barnes inspired a 2-0 win at the Maracana in 1984.

If the plan comes off, it would be less likely Brazil would come to Wembley that year, with 150th anniversary games instead lined up against the likes of Scotland, Argentina and Germany.

There is also a hurdle to overcome in the form of Brazilian FA president Ricardo Teixeira who makes no secret of his anti-English feelings.

Meanwhile, there is likely to be an England friendly against Spain later this coming season, either in November or February, at Wembley.

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