England FA Set To Confirm Nigeria, Costa Rica Friendlies

England FA Set To Confirm Nigeria, Costa Rica Friendlies

England played friendlies in Manchester and Sunderland in the build-up to Euro 2016 but this will be the first time they have played in Yorkshire since 2002, a 2-1 defeat by Italy at Elland Road.

The Mirror reported on Wednesday that England will play Costa Rica at Leeds United's Elland Road ground on Thursday, June 7, which will be their final home game before leaving for Russian Federation.

The ground also staged matches in 1996 when England hosted the European Championship.

So go, enjoy a nice England match at Elland Road, and show Americans what home support looks like, even for a friendly. They do not play their first World Cup Group G game, against Tunisia in Volgograd, until Monday June 18 so are likely to head to their training camp outside St Petersburg later than other nations for the finals.

Leeds United fans will be incredibly excited at seeing England's worldwide side playing at Elland Road and hopefully, this will be one fixture of many which will see England play more global fixtures away from Wembley. The US lost a vital home match against the Ticos at Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls, in a match where a number of Costa Rican fans attended the match and created a pretty impressive atmosphere, given that the United States fans outnumbered the Ticos fans.

Before games against Nigeria and Costa Rica, England will play Netherlands and Italy in March.

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