England to face Netherlands and Italy on road to World Cup

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017
Both of England's November fixtures were sell-outs, with another big crowd expected for the Italy game

England will face the Netherlands and Italy in March 2018 as the Three Lions’ 2018 FIFA World Cup preparations step up. 

Gareth Southgate’s squad will travel to the Amsterdam ArenA to take on the Dutch on Friday 23 March (7.45pm kick-off) before hosting the Italians at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Tuesday 27 March (8pm kick-off).

The back-to-back fixtures against top European opposition will provide a stiff test less than three months before the start of next summer’s showpiece in Russia. 

It will be England’s 21st meeting against the Netherlands and the seventh occasion the Three Lions will have visited Amsterdam. The latest fixture is part of a reciprocal arrangement following the 1988 European champions’ visit to Wembley in March 2016, which ended in a 2-1 win for the Oranje. 

Elsewhere, the Three Lions have previously faced four-time world champions Italy on 26 occasions. The two sides last met in Turin in March 2015 when Andros Townsend scored the equaliser during a 1-1 draw. 

Ticket details 

Tickets for the Italy game start at just £20 for adults and £10 for children, and will go on sale to members of the England Supporters Club from Tuesday 21 November. To sign up for free, click here.

Fans who buy tickets to the Italy fixture before 5pm on Tuesday 12 December will be sent an England Christmas gift pack, which includes one greeting card per order and a chance to win exclusive competitions – the perfect gift this Christmas.

England Supporters Travel Club members will have the first opportunity to book Italy tickets, from 12pm on Wednesday 15 November. They'll also be directly emailed details to register for tickets for the Netherlands fixture.

Click here for schools and clubs ballot for this fixture.

By FA Staff