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ITV in new FA Cup and England internationals deal

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Image caption All England friendlies during the two year period will be shown on ITV

The Football Association has signed a two-year deal with ITV to show England internationals and FA Cup matches.

It will give ITV first pick of FA Cup games and see them show England games, including home 2014 World Cup qualifiers, in the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 seasons.

All England home and away friendlies will also be shown by ITV.

"The FA Cup and England internationals are events with huge resonance and appeal for our viewers," said ITV.

ITV's current £275m four-year contract was set to run out at the end of the current season.

Under the terms of the new arrangement, the broadcaster will also have the third-choice pick in the fifth and sixth rounds and the fourth choice in the third and fourth.

In addition it will have first choice of replays from the third to the sixth rounds.

"We enjoy a great relationship with ITV and this extension to our agreement underlines that," said Stuart Turner, FA group commercial director.

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