It is March and EURO 2016 is closing very quick as just few months left for the teams to prepare. During the International brake there are some big friendlies to be played. It will be interesting to see how ready are teams for the next summer tournament in France.

Thursday 24 March 2016: Italy v Spain, Udine

Italy vs Spain

Vicente del Bosque will use this game as an opportunity to fine-tune his squad for UEFA EURO 2016, with Barcelona's uncapped Sergi Roberto and Athletic Club's in-form Aritz Aduriz given the chance to make a late impression. David de Gea will hope his outstanding club form is enough to displace Iker Casillas as Spain's No1.

Marco Verratti, Andrea Barzagli and Ciro Immobile, meanwhile, have all withdrawn from the Italy squad but versatile midfielder Alessandro Florenzi believes the Azzurri remain competitive. "We are all pushing in the same direction, it's a great adventure for us. Spain are the best in the world when it comes to possession, but we don't only have to focus on limiting their game – we must try to attack them as well."

Saturday 26 March 2016: Germany v England, Berlin

Germany vs England

Joachim Low has highlighted the significance of this England fixture: "The battle for a place in the squad begins in earnest. It's important that every player shows he wants to go to the European Championship and will do everything for that." That also applies to captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, sidelined with a knee injury. "Obviously he needs to recover physically," said Löw. "There's still a fair bit of time before the EURO 2016. He knows his body well and knows what he needs to do. His ambition remains extremely high, he wants to produce his best performances again."

Tuesday 29 March 2016: France v Russia, Saint-Denis

France vs Russia

This final friendly before Didier Deschamps names his squad – most probably on 12 May – is one last opportunity for players to press their claims. France and Russia have met six times with two wins each, Russia ending Les Bleus' 27-match, six-year unbeaten run at the Stade de France in 1999, when Deschamps was in the France side. "In our preparations, we've aimed to test ourselves against only high-level teams," said the France coach.

Tuesday 29 March 2016: Germany v Italy, Munich

Germany vs Italy

This encounter came about at the behest of Löw, who knows well that Die Mannschaft have never beaten their bogey team at a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship. Furthermore, Germany's displays have been severely inconsistent since their World Cup triumph in Brazil, though that does not trouble Löw: "Every one of us knows that the team are capable of extraordinary performances if we are fully focused on the tournament. When the EURO begins, I know we will be capable of stepping up a gear."