England look set to play friendlies against France, Spain, Germany and Netherlands should they qualify for Euro 2016, according to manager Roy Hodgson.
Provided England reach the European Championship -- and there is no suggestion they will fail to do so after winning their first five games -- they will have a window for two friendlies in November, when the third-placed teams will be involved in play-offs.
The Football Association is looking to give England a real test during that period by taking...
Most football rivalries originate from geographic or political concerns, but the most intriguing are often those based purely upon football.
In this respect, the 2010 and 2014 World Cup matches between the Netherlands and Spain, who meet again in Amsterdam on Tuesday night, have been significant enough to form a brand-new rivalry on the international stage.
Before the 2010 final, these two countries had never previously met at a major tournament. They'd faced one another in friendlies, in qualifiers...
Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff has said major changes need to be swiftly made to his nation's football setup to turn their fortunes around.
Netherlands are in danger of not qualifying for Euro 2016, with Guus Hiddink's side third in their qualifying group, six points behind leaders Czech Republic after five matches played.
Former Barcelona and Ajax forward Cruyff is concerned about the direction of the Dutch team, despite a third-place finish at last summer's World Cup in Brazil under then-manager...