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Sport a match played for its own sake, and not as part of a competition, etc.
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During the training camp, Oman will play two friendlies - against Lebanon on September 4 and then against hosts Jordan on September 11.
Despite being aware that friendlies are vital financially for the FAI, he concedes they must go ahead - but has called for more squad players to be employed, rather than playing the same old faces.
Friendlies involving England this year have already attracted criticism for the number of substitutions made and UEFA president Lennart Johansson believes such matches are becoming discredited.
The answer, according to the clubs and some of my media mates, is that club friendlies are vital for preparation but England friendlies are worthless.
ENGLAND coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has vowed to cut down on international friendlies next season, but not abandon them altogether.