Euro 2012: England plan Spain trip

Fabio Capello
Capello's England were beaten in the second round of the 2010 World Cup

The England squad are set to travel to Spain for a week as part of their preparations for the Euro 2012 finals.

Manager Fabio Capello hopes to use the trip to allow his players relaxation time after complaining that tiredness undermined the 2010 World Cup campaign.

England will also play two warm-up games ahead of the Euros, running from 8 June to 1 July in Poland and Ukraine.

The opponents have yet to be named, but the first of these matches will be abroad with the second at Wembley.

Having tweeted the news about the two warm-up games on Saturdayexternal-link, Club England managing director Adrian Bevington told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek programme: "We will go out to Spain for a week for a bit of relaxation and training and then play a couple of friendlies - one away from home, but not too far, and then a final one at Wembley before we head off to Krakow."

It is understood that England could travel to Dublin to play the Republic of Ireland after the nations were kept apart in the Euro 2012 draw, but that has not been confirmed.

England have not visited the Irish capital since 1995, when a friendly was abandoned after 27 minutes because of crowd trouble in which 50 people were injured.

The Football Association has already announced that England will play the Netherlands in February in a rearranged friendly originally due to take place in August but postponed because of the London riots.

Bevington admitted that the trip to Spain was an attempt to avoid heading into a major international tournament with a squad in poor physical condition following a demanding club season, which Capello suggested was the case for last year's World Cup in South Africa.

"Fabio has been clear for several months now that he wants to adopt a different approach to when we went out to South Africa," said Bevington. "He wants to give the players as much rest as possible before the tournament."

Capello will also be aided in his attempts to keep his players in good physical shape by the draw, which sees England in Group D, the last to kick-off, on 11 June, which is 29 days after the final day of the Premier League season.

Bevington also re-iterated that England would not be moving base from the Polish city of Krakow, despite a draw that sees them playing all of their group fixtures in Ukraine.

England have been drawn to face France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine in next summer's championship, with the first and third matches taking place in Donetsk and the second in Kiev.

"We feel the most important thing is that your base camp is your real home for the tournament and you do a lot of work making sure that it is how you want it," said Bevington. "There has already been an incredible amount of work gone into that."

Bevington also revealed that he travelled to Brazil this week to discuss potential locations for a base for the 2014 World Cup.

"You have to get your homework in early," added Bevington. "England, along with a few more countries, are the first to be looking around.

"We haven't identified which hotel or training ground we want yet but we've certainly made some inroads. It shows the level of detail you have to get involved in."

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