Germany and Argentina lined up for England in FA's anniversary year

• Wembley to host old rivals for friendlies in November 2013
• Matches will depend on automatic World cup qualification

England hope to host mouth-watering games with Germany and Argentina at Wembley next year, following up the prestigious friendlies already confirmed against Brazil, Scotland and Republic of Ireland, as part of the celebrations to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary.

The games have been pencilled in for November 2013, in the international window set aside for 2014 World Cup play-off matches, and would take place only if Roy Hodgson's team and their prospective opponents are not involved in those two-legged fixtures. There is an acceptance that the current qualification campaign is in its infancy and progress cannot be assumed, particularly after Ukraine left London with a draw on Tuesday, yet the will and desire exist on all sides to rekindle two of English football's most emotive rivalries if the respective countries have secured their own passage.

Germany, three-times World Cup winners but famously defeated in the final when England hosted the tournament in 1966, won the last game at the old Wembley in 2000 and triumphed in a friendly five years ago in their only trip to date to the rebuilt arena. Argentina have not visited in 12 years, though the contest would inevitably revive memories of Diego Maradona at the Azteca, Michael Owen in Saint‑Etienne and David Beckham in Sapporo. Should either country be unable to fulfil the game due to its participation in the play-offs, there remains the possibility that Spain, the reigning world and European champions, could be courted, with the FA determined to offer a stellar schedule for its anniversary year.

The fixtures ahead should ensure enthusiasm for the national team is buoyant despite what is, on paper, a far from glamorous Group H fixture list. Around 5.7 million people watched Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Ukraine on television, representative of 24.8% of the audience share, while the crowd of 68,102 was actually the biggest at any of the 43 international games staged that night, with Japan's 1-0 win over Iraq in Saitama (60,593) in Asian World Cup qualifying the only other football match to attract more than 60,000 fans. Yet while the FA is not heavily reliant on ticket revenue – its turnover of £304m to the year ending 31 December 2010 included only £25m in regular ticket sales – the reality that there were almost 22,000 empty seats at the national stadium did risk detracting from the occasion.

Sales for the game, which had picked up significantly after Friday's 5-0 drubbing of Moldova in Chisinau – a match attended by just under 1,000 visiting fans – were put down to the lingering effects of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the capital and that the fixture was on a week night. San Marino's visit next month might seem a hard sell but the FA is confident of a bigger crowd for a Friday evening match.

"There is a recognition that this may be a blip after the Olympics," said an FA spokesman. "We have to acknowledge we've just had one of the biggest sporting tournaments in the world staged 14 miles across the city in Stratford, so we found ourselves in a unique situation which might explain the size of the crowd.

"We are going into a sixth season back at Wembley and no one will ever just sit back and simply assume the crowds will always roll in: there's no complacency there. Both the FA and Wembley Stadium are constantly commissioning research and holding forums with supporters on how to improve the experience at the arena, both within the context of the England team and other events at Wembley. We learn from events like the Olympics and from the success of venues such as the O2 or Arsenal in London."

The games already scheduled for next year will generate huge interest with Brazil, five times winners of the World Cup, now confirmed for 6 February and the Scots, for the first time since 1999, due on 14 August. Wembley will also welcome the Republic of Ireland on 29 May for the first time in 22 years, four days after it hosts the Champions League final. A reciprocal friendly is expected to be confirmed for 2014 – England's first game in the Republic since rioting visiting supporters forced an abandonment in Dublin in 1995.

Hodgson's side will undertake a two-game tour of Brazil next summer, playing the hosts and possibly Uruguay, which would also serve as preparation for the following summer's World Cup, subject to qualification. The competitive fixtures against Moldova, Montenegro and Poland that make up the schedule for 2013 might feel less appealing but are hugely significant, and potentially awkward, for all that England have lost only one home qualifier in 12 years.

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