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International friendlies announced

England will welcome Brazil to Wembley on February 6, as the FA look to mark their 150th anniversary celebrations in style next year.

Home fixtures against the Republic of Ireland in May and Scotland in August have also been confirmed.

It will be the first time that England have played the Republic since the Lansdowne Road clash in February 1995, when the game was abandoned due to crowd trouble.

All parties should be confident that the drama of that night will not be repeated, however.

Adrian Bevington, Club England managing director, stated: "2013 is a landmark year for the FA and an exciting England fixture programme, in addition to Wembley hosting the UEFA Champions League final, will form a key part of the celebrations."

The Three Lions are also due to compete in a two-game tour of Brazil in June 2013, offering Roy Hodgson and his squad a chance to ensure they are fully prepared for the following year's World Cup.

A further Wembley fixture is also planned for August 2013, with opposition yet to be confirmed.

By Chris Cahill

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