Brazil to host England in June friendly

Brazil will host England in a friendly at the renovated Maracana

in June on the eve of the Confederations Cup.

Rio de Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral announced the June 2 game

on Friday. The Confederations Cup, involving Brazil as host but not

England, starts 13 days later.

England will welcome Brazil in a friendly in February at


Maracana, built for the 1950 World Cup, has been undergoing a

massive renovation to host the Confederations Cup, 2014 World Cup

and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics.

Cabral says a game between Brazil and a squad composed of

Israeli and Palestinian players will mark the stadium’s official

reopening. A date has yet to be set.