England and Spain to play November friendly

England could be set to travel to Spain to play a November friendly against the 2010 World Cup winners, the Guardian has reported.

The match, which would only go ahead if both sides qualified automatically for Euro 2016, missing the play-offs, could be held at Barcelona’s Nou Camp, which hasn’t played host to the Spain national team since a 1987 game against the Netherlands.

La Roja could however be forced into the play-offs for Euro 2016 as they are second to Ukraine in Group C, level on points with the Euro 2012 co-hosts and three points behind Slovakia. Vicente del Bosque’s side have won the last two European Championships, claiming victory under Luis Aragones in 2008 and repeating the feat four years later.

England meanwhile are top of qualification Group E, six points better off than Slovenia, with four wins from their first four games. Roy Hodgson’s side have managed 11 goals thus far, conceding only once.

The Three Lions have been playing a number of high-profile friendlies and the game against Spain, should it go ahead, is another of them, with Italy set to be the opposition for a friendly later in March. For their part, Spain are to play the Netherlands, and have recently met Italy, France and Germany.

Spain beat England 2-0 the last time the teams met, in 2009, with goals from David Villa and Fernando Llorente in a match played at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjaun stadium, home of La Liga side Sevilla.

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