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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 November, 2004, 14:14 GMT
FA denies France Wembley opener
An impression of the new Wembley Stadium
The 757m revamp of Wembley is due to be completed in 2006
The Football Association has denied a claim that England will face France in the first match at the new Wembley Stadium in March 2006.

The French Football Federation (FFF) insists it has agreed to face England for the curtain-raising match.

But the FA, which is said to be in discussions with a number of national associations, insist this is premature.

"The FA hasn't made any decisions about the first game to be played at Wembley," said an FA spokesman.

"Clearly it will be a hugely exciting match and we look forward to being able to announce details of our upcoming fixtures in the future," he added.

A spokesman for the FFF said earlier: "The English FA has asked the FFF to play against England and the FFF said yes."

The FFF also claimed a return clash had been pencilled in for 2007.

The new 757m Wembley Stadium features a 133-metre arch, and will seat 90,000 fans with state-of-the-art facilities.

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