EXCLUSIVE: Fabio Capello wants England to have a date with Diego Maradona's Argentina

Fabio Capello has pencilled in Diego Maradona’s Argentina for a box office World Cup warm-up match for England in March.

Friendlies against Brazil, Spain, Holland and France have highlighted the need for
England to gain experience against the more skilful teams, and the Italian sees Argentina as another useful test in what will be the one international between now and the end of the domestic season.

Argentina's national soccer coach Diego Maradona
England's manager Fabio Capello

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Only once the clubs have completed their seasons will Capello get his players for two
more warm-up games, one in Austria and one at Wembley.

The England manager will not finalise his plans for the three friendlies before next week’s World Cup draw in Cape Town.

Diego Maradona of Argentina handles the ball past Peter Shilton

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But he thinks a game against another technically-gifted side could amount to ideal
preparation for his side in the months before the finals.

Taking on Maradona — who would have served his touchline ban by then — would
also guarantee a full house at Wembley, which would please the FA and England’s 2018 bid team.

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