Attention turns to the international game in midweek as England, Scotland and Wales and the Republic of Ireland prepare for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
England welcome Brazil to Wembley to mark the 150th anniversary since the formation of the Football Association, exclusively live on ITV.
Gordon Strachan takes charge of Scotland for the first time as they play host to Estonia, Wales play Austria at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, while Republic of Ireland face a stiff test when they host a dangerous Poland side in Dublin.Watch France v Germany LIVE | Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT
Full details of how to follow all the midweek international friendlies below:
Wed 6 Feb – ENGLAND v BRAZIL – k/o: 19:30 – ITV
ITV has exclusive coverage from Wembley Stadium as England take on Brazil in a much-anticipated international which has been organised as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Matches against the five-times world champions are always special occasions and Brazil will want to make an impression as they continue their preparations for the 2014 World Cup finals which they are hosting for the second time.
While the outcome of this friendly clash is not critical, Roy Hodgson will appreciate the opportunity to gather his squad together for the first time this year, and see this as a good test against quality opposition before resuming the World Cup qualification campaign.
England’s record against Brazil is a poor one, with just three wins being recorded in 23 previous meetings, and the last victory coming in 1990, as they triumphed 1-0 in a friendly match at Wembley.
The most recent encounter between these nations was also a friendly contest, and resulted in another victory for Brazil as they claimed a 1-0 win in Doha, Qatar in 2009.
Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari takes charge of Brazil in this encounter, as he began his second stint in charge of the national team, having led them to a fifth World Cup title in 2002 during his previous tenure.
While Brazil are not currently considered to be as formidable a side as they once were, they were sure to provide a stern test for Roy Hodgson’s men.
Adrian Chiles presents live coverage on ITV and ITV HD from 7pm, with commentary by Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend, and studio analysis from Roy Keane, Lee Dixon and Gareth Southgate.
Wed 6 Feb – SCOTLAND v ESTONIA – k/o 19:45 – Sky Sports 1
New Scotland manager Gordon Strachan takes charge of his first match as head coach of the national team.
His side face Estonia at Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen, a place where Strachan enjoyed huge success as a player in the 1980s.
Strachan will be looking for a positive result ahead of the World Cup qualifying matches against Wales and Serbia in March.
The Scots have gone unbeaten against Estonia in their three previous encounters and will be desperate to extend that run after enduring a bitterly disappointing start to their qualifying campaign for the World Cup.
They currently sit bottom of Group A, are still without a win and have only managed to find the net twice.
With their chances of making it to Brazil 2014 extremely slim, March’s return match against Wales – which can also be seen on Sky Sports – takes on added significance.
Undone by a late brace from Gareth Bale when the teams last met in October, Scotland would relish the opportunity to gain revenge and a positive result against Estonia could give them some much-needed confidence.
David Tanner will present live coverage from Pittodrie on Sky Sports 1 HD, with commentary from Ian Crocker and Davie Provan.
Free-to-air highlights of the game will be shown in Sportscene with Rob MacLean on BBC One Scotland at 10.35pm and commentary comes from Liam McLeod and Billy Dodds.
Wed 6 Feb – WALES v AUSTRIA – k/o 19:45 – Sky Sports 3
Wales may have beaten World Cup qualifying rivals Wales in October, but they still only have a one-point advantage over the Scots after suffering defeat in their other three qualifiers.
Victory over Austria will therefore be seen as a must, especially as they haven’t achieved such a feat since 1975.
John Davies presents live coverage on Sky Sports 3 HD, with commentary from Alan Parry.
Free-to-air highlights of the match will be shown in Match of the Day Wales with Jason Mohammad on BBC Two Wales at 11.20pm. Robbie Savage will provide analysis.
The programme also includes highlights of Wales U21 v Iceland U21.
Wed 6 Feb – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND v POLAND – k/o 19:45 – Sky Sports 2
The Republic of Ireland will welcome Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland to the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday night looking to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Greece last time out in November.
This will be the first two times that these two nations have met since 2008 when Poland ran out 3-2 winners.
Republic of Ireland are in a far healthier position in Group C, trailing second-placed Sweden by just a single point.
Poland will provide a considerable challenge, though, not least because of the firepower they have at their disposal.
Striker Robert Lewandowski has scored over 50 goals for his club side Borussia Dortmund, helping them to back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012.
Graham Little presents live coverage on Sky Sports 2 HD. Match commentary comes from Rob Hawthorne and Ray Houghton.
Wed 6 Feb – MALTA v NORTHERN IRELAND – k/o 18:30
Northern Ireland travel Valetta to play Malta at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium.
Manager Michael O’Neill goes into the game still looking for his first win as manager of the national side, and the fixture will provide an opportunity to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers against Russia and Israel at Windsor Park in March.
The game will be the first meeting between the sides have played each other since a 1-1 draw in a 2005 friendly, when David Healy scored Northern Ireland’s goal and Keith Gillespie was sent off. Ivan Woods scored and was later dismissed for the hosts.
Northern Ireland had won the five meetings prior to that, including qualifiers for the 1990 and 2002 World Cups, without conceding a goal.
This match will not be shown on UK television or online but there will be live match commentary on BBC Radio Ulster MW plus live text updates via the BBC Sport website.
Tue 5 Feb – ENGLAND U21 v SWEDEN U21 – k/o 19:30 – ESPN
With the 2013 European U21 Championships on the horizon this summer, Stuart Pearce’s Young Lions look to impress in a friendly against Sweden at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium.
Pearce believes the next 12 months pose a significant challenge for his players, some of whom he hopes can use the experience of June’s Euro 2013 as a springboard to play their way into Roy Hodgson’s thinking for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
CLICK HERE for full list of midweek international friendliesTuesday 5th February England U21 v Serbia U21 – Under-21 Friendly Kick-off: 19:30 | LIVE: 7.00pm-9.45pm – ESPN Wednesday 6th February England v Brazil – Friendly Kick-off: 19:30 | LIVE – 7.00pm-9.30pm – ITV Scotland v Estonia – Friendly Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 1 Republic of Ireland v Poland – Friendly Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 2 Wales v Austria – Friendly Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 3 Spain v Uruguay – Friendly Kick-off: 6.00pm | LIVE: 6.00pm-8.00pm – ESPN Match Highlights: International Football: England v Brazil 10.40pm-11.40pm – ITV Sportscene: Scotland v Estonia 10.35pm-11.25pm – BBC One Scotland Match of the Day Wales: Wales v Austria 11.20pm-12.00am – BBC Two Wales. . . . WATCH ONLINE
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