England to play Egypt in World Cup warmup
England will prepare for its World Cup opener against the United
States by playing Egypt in an exhibition game at Wembley on March
England faces Algeria, which lost to Egypt in a playoff, in its second first-round match on June 18, six days after it meets the Americans.
England has played Egypt twice, winning a 1986 exhibition in Cairo and a World Cup first-round match four years later in Italy.
The United States is at the Netherlands on March 3, the only date clubs are required to release players before the end of the European seasons in May.
The Americans also have a Jan. 23 exhibition against Honduras at Carson, Calif., and are attempting arrange a February match against Mexico.
England has played Egypt twice, winning a friendly in 1986 in Cairo and a World Cup group match four years later in Italy.