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Revealed: Key dates in England’s World Cup preparations, as Three Lions head to Florida

Jan 17, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

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As the English Football Association gear up for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, all of the pre-tournament preparations are now in place.

On Thursday England confirmed friendlies with Ecuador (June 4) and Honduras (June 7) will take place at the Miami Dolphins SunLife Stadium, and act as the final two games for Roy Hodgson’s squad before they face Italy in their Group D opener in Manuas.

Initially it was thought England would head to the East Coast and play the U.S. national team in late May, but that didn’t work out given the fact that the USA will likely be base don the West Coast in their pre-tournament training camp, and that Hodgson wanted to play as many South and Central American opponents as possible. The team will train in South Florida, as England try to acclimatize to the heat and humidity they will face at the venues they will play in during the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Here are all the important dates from March until the World Cup kicks off, as a source close to the English national team camp confirmed them to me. Including when Hodgson will name his squad and when the team will jet off to the USA and Brazil as they search for the Three Lions first World Cup title since 1966.

DATES FOR ENGLAND’S WORLD CUP PREPARATION

March 5: England V Denmark (Wembley)

May 13: Roy Hodgson names England’s provisional squad of 30

May 26: Players released from their clubs to join up with England

May 30: Friendly vs. Peru at Wembley Stadium, London

June 1: Fly to Miami for final two warm-up games

June 2: Fifa deadline for Hodgson to announce final squad of 23

June 4: Warm-up game vs. Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium (Miami)

June 7: Final warm-up game vs. Honduras at Sun Life Stadium (Miami)

June 8: Arrive at England’s Royal Tulip Hotel base in Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup

June 12: World Cup begins

July 14: First group game – England v Italy

  1. jrocknstuff - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    The teams want to play in the warmest/most humid climate they can to acclimate themselves, or at least attempt to acclimate themselves to Brazil. It’s a good move for England. They also love training over here because nobody knows who they are. They don’t have that same “rock star” status that they do in Europe where they can’t grab a bite to eat without being hounded by the press.

  2. footballer4ever - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Awesome! I gotta work overtime to purchase tickets to attend that match. As more football games are played in Sunlife Stadium, the more i see myself going there.

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