England's first football match of 2022 will be played against Switzerland at Wembley and will be dedicated to the FA's charity partner, The Alzheimer's Society. The game is set to take place at 5:30pm on Saturday March 26th at Wembley Stadium.
The Football Association began their two-year partnership with the Alzheimer's Society last August, and this will be the first match dedicated to the charity, with the aim being to raise money and awareness for the cause.
However, the FA has recently said that it will not contribute to a new fund for the care of former footballers who are suffering from dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions.
The refusal has developed into a major behind-the-scenes dispute between the FA and the players’ union, the Professional Footballers’ Association, which was tasked in October with finding a way in which the game could fund the spiralling care costs of former footballers suffering from dementia or neurodegenerative diseases.
The FA says that it will continue to fund research into the connection between heading the ball and head trauma, but believes that it is the responsibility of the Premier League, the Football League and the PFA to cover the care costs for players suffering from dementia.