Euro 2012 - International friendly previews

Wed, 29 Feb 10:54:00 2012

England face Netherlands and Germany play France in two heavyweight clashes which are the highlight of Wednesday's international friendlies.

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England go into the game against Netherlands at Wembley under caretaker manager Stuart Pearce, taking charge of the team for the first time since the resignation of Fabio Capello.

Pearce must cope without experienced strikers Wayne Rooney and Darren Bent and will also have to name a new captain, with Tottenham's Scott Parker tipped to take over from the deposed John Terry who is also injured.

Germany coach Joachim Loew has injury problems going into the game against France in Bremen, with captain Philipp Lahm and brothers Lars and Sven Bender ruled out.

Spain play their final match before naming the squad for their European Championship defence and, having dropped Chelsea forward Fernando Torres, coach Vicente del Bosque may experiment by playing without a specialist striker against Venezuela in Malaga.

Ireland play Czech Republic, Italy host United States, Switzerland face Argentina, Denmark meet Russia and Croatia take on Sweden in other standout friendlies on Wednesday.

Craig Levein takes his Scotland side to Slovenia, Northern Ireland host Norway and Wales host the Gary Speed Memorial Match against Costa Rica.

England Under-21s are also in action as they face Belgium in a European Championship qualifier.

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Eurosport / Reuters

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