Football's coming home! Leeds United's Elland Road ground to host England game

12 January, 2018, 19:36 | Author: Sherman Richardson
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England have finalised their World Cup warm-up programme and will face Costa Rica at Elland Road in their last game before heading to the tournament.

The Three Lions are up against the Super Eagles at the iconic Wembley on June 2.

Both matches will provide some stern competition for England as the manager finalises his preparations ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

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Additionally to the Wembley send-off, Yorkshire will now be given the opportunity to watch the country's national side in action on home turf for the first time since 2002.

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England played friendlies in Manchester and Sunderland in the build-up to Euro 2016 but this will be the first time they have played in Yorkshire since 2002, a 2-1 defeat by Italy at Elland Road.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Eagles' first match at Russian Federation 2018 is against Croatia in Kaliningrad exactly two weeks after.

Costa Rica won England's group at Brazil 2014, being held to a 0-0 draw by Roy Hodgson's team in Belo Horizonte in the final "dead rubber" tie after England had already been knocked out, before suffering a penalty shoot-out elimination against Holland in the quarter-finals.

Nigeria and England first clashed at senior level on November 16, 1994, also at the old Wembley Stadium.

These two clashes will follow on from England's double-header in March.

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