Swiss give go-ahead for England-Italy friendly

Swiss football officials have given permission for England to

host Italy in a friendly in their country on Aug. 15.

Switzerland Football Association spokesman Marco von Ah tells

The Associated Press that England has a ”completely free” choice

of stadiums to use, including Stade de Geneve.

England has good memories of playing in Geneva, having beaten

Argentina 3-2 in a thrilling friendly there in 2005.

International football rules require a host nation’s approval

before two countries can play on neutral territory.

Von Ah says Switzerland gave the green light because coach

Ottmar Hitzfeld’s team is scheduled to play at Croatia on that

date.