England arrange Austria friendly

August 24, 2007

England will tackle Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria in Vienna on Friday, November 16.

The friendly has been arranged as part of the build-up to England's final Group D qualifier against Croatia the following Wednesday when coach Steve McClaren hopes to seal qualification for the last 16.

England met Austria twice recently on the way to the last World Cup, registering a 2-2 draw a way from home before Frank Lampard's penalty sealed a single-goal triumph in the Old Trafford return.

Austria drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic on Wednesday and will expect a capacity crowd at the Ernst Happel Stadium for England's visit.

By the time they head to the Austrian capital, McClaren will have a good idea whether his team will be heading back into central Europe next summer.

They currently lie fourth, behind Croatia, Israel and Russia but with three of their next four games at Wembley, they are confident of making up the lost ground.

McClaren said: 'It's an exciting opportunity to play against good opposition ahead of what will be a tough qualification game against Croatia.

'We have a busy autumn ahead of us, with four qualifiers at home and Russia away and we remain confident that we will still have our Euro 2008 fate in our own hands in November.'