Southgate’s England set for major tests

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Gareth Southgate

Friendly internationals are the way to go for those sides fortunate enough to have booked their places at the World Cup finals next summer, with England opting for a high-profile double.

First up is a Wembley showdown on Friday with old foes Germany, with four of the last five friendly meetings between the two sides going the way of the away team.

So 11/10 for a German victory looks a decent option while 13/2 for a 1-0 win for the visitors also has some merit.

If you fancy England to come out on top, 21/4 for a home win and both teams to score may be the way to go.

Four days later Brazil arrive in England, with the host holding a more than decent recent record against the South American superstars.

Since a 2-1 World Cup quarter-final defeat to the Selecao in 2002, four meetings have produced two draws and one win apiece for both sides.

The 51/20 for another draw this time appears to be decent value while freed from the restrictions of competitive action, goals would seem more likely so how about 13/1 for a 2-2 draw if you fancy a longer shot?

Meanwhile, Germany move on to host France hoping to avenge a 2-0 defeat by Les Bleus in the semi-finals of the European Championship just over a year ago.

With that fresh in their minds, Die Mannschaft at 23/20 to win the game could offer a limited return.

World Cup finals hosts Russia also have an intriguing double-header as they face Argentina on Saturday and Spain three days later.

They will be eager to show what they can do against two fancied sides and at 47/20 to draw with the South Americans and 59/20 to do the same against Spain, you might be tempted to try your luck.

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