Key World Cup dates for England

We have made a list of the key events ahead of the World Cup 2010.

The timeline includes friendly matches, training camps and when England boss Fabio Capello announces the final 23-man squad for the World Cup in South Africa.

Monday May 17
Fabio Capello travel with his provisional 30-man squad for pre-tournament preparations in Austria. Capello used the training camp at altitude in Irdning while he was in charge at Real Madrid as well.

Monday May 24
The Three Lions face Mexico in a friendly at Wembley. This will be the last game before England travel to South Africa for the World Cup.

Tuesday May 25
The Three Lions return to their training camp at altitude in Irdning, Austria.

Sunday May 30
England will face Japan in a friendly at the UPC-Arena in Graz, Austria. This will be the Three Lions’ final friendly ahead of the World Cup.

Tuesday June 1
England boss Fabio Capello will announce his final 23-man squad for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

Wednesday June 2
The Three Lions will jet of to South Africa and the Royal Bafokeng Sports Complex in Rusenburg.

Saturday June 12
England will face USA in their first game of the World Cup 2010 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, north of Johannesburg.

Friday June 18
England will face Algeria at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town.

Wednesday June 23
England will take on Slovenia at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, in their final Group C match.

After this, the Three Lions will either jet back to England or stay and fight for the World Cup. Should England finish top of their group, will they face the country which finish second in Group D. Should the Three Lions finish second they will face the team who finish top of Group D. Group D is made up of Germany, Australia, Ghana and Serbia.

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