Wednesday, 11 February 2009

International Friendlies [Football]

Lets have a preview at a few of the friendlies being played tonight...

Venue: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Seville
Date: Wed, 11 February
Kick-off: 2100 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Five Live & showing live on ITV1

Fabio Capello

Tonight England take on the European Champions Spain in what promises to be a very interesting friendly game. England are without key players for this game including Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard. Rio Ferdinand returns in defense and if played, David Beckham will equal the record number of caps for an outfield player, which currently stands at 108.

This match could see appearances from James Milner and Carlton Cole, both of whom are enjoying a fabulous run of form for their respective clubs, Aston Villa and West Ham United.

With Gerrard and Rooney out, it is likely we will see Gareth Barry partner up with Frank Lampard in the center of midfield and tonight could see a start for Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor who could partner either Cole or even his Villa team mate Emile Heskey.

For Spain, head coach Vicente del Bosque has uncapped Barcelona pair Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets at his disposal, but experienced centre-back Carles Puyol misses out with a leg complaint.

Del Bosque has also called up five Liverpool players for the match, with goalkeeper Jose Reina, full-back Alvaro Arbeloa, midfielders Albert Riera and Xabi Alonso, and striker Fernando Torres all included.

Star Reds attacker Torres could be set to form a deadly strike partnership with Valencia's David Villa, with the pair particularly effective alongside one another at Euro 2008.

Just to have it on record, I am predicting a 2-1 win for England in this one. Feel free to insult me in the comments after the game (if I get it wrong of course)!

Other international games being played tonight:

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Malta v Albania, Gp 1, 18:30
Rep of Ireland v Georgia, Gp 8, 19:45
San Marino v Northern Ireland, Gp 3, 19:30
International Match
Andorra v Lithuania, 17:15
Angola v Mali, 14:00
Austria v Sweden, 19:30
Belgium v Slovenia, 19:45
Cameroon v Guinea, 18:00
Cyprus v Serbia
Cyprus v Slovakia, 19:00
Egypt v Ghana, 17:00
Estonia v Kazakhstan, 17:00
France v Argentina, 20:00
FYR Macedonia v Moldova, 14:00
Germany v Norway, 19:30
Greece v Denmark, 19:15
Iceland v Liechtenstein, 16:00
Israel v Hungary, 17:00
Latvia v Armenia, 13:00
Libya v Uruguay, 14:30
Malta OFF Albania, 18:30
Morocco v Czech Republic, 19:00
Nigeria v Jamaica, 19:45
Portugal v Finland, 20:45
Romania v Croatia, 18:45
Serbia v Ukraine, 19:00
South Africa v Chile, 18:30
Spain v England, 21:00
Switzerland v Bulgaria, 19:30
Tunisia v Holland, 19:30
Wales v Poland, 17:15

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