England to play the USWNT at Wembley in October friendly

Fresh from their Euro 2022 triumph, the FA have announced that England will play world champions the United States in a friendly at Wembley in October, subject to the Lionesses securing World Cup qualification.

England beat Germany 2-1 on Sunday evening in front of 87,192 supporters to be crowned European champions for the very first time, and will return to the scene of their triumph on Friday 7 October against women’s football heavyweights the USWNT.

The Lionesses must first draw with Austria on 3 September or, failing that, beat Luxembourg at Stoke on 6 September to be assured of their spot at the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand – otherwise October’s friendly will clash with the World Cup playoffs.

The USWNT are the reigning world champions heading into next summer’s tournament, having beaten Sarina Wiegman’s Netherlands in the 2019 final.

“It is really exciting to have the chance to play the US at Wembley if we can make sure of qualification for the World Cup,” said Wiegman. “It would be the perfect game for our squad to meet another strong team after so many tough games in the Euros.

“It is good we enjoy the moment we are in after this wonderful summer, but we know we still have to work to do to take the next step forward.

“As a team, we take nothing for granted with our goal of reaching the World Cup and whoever we play at home in October it will be special to have another Wembley fixture. After the positive experiences we have had this summer, it will be great to welcome as many fans as possible so that we can say thanks again for their incredible support.”

Tickets for the fixture go on sale to My England Football members on Tuesday 2 August, before going on general sale from 2pm on Wednesday 3 August.

The match is also intended to mark the 50th anniversary of the first official England women’s fixture – which took place against Scotland on 18 November 1972.

“The aim is to invite every living Lioness to the national stadium, and also to acknowledge those
across previous generations who paved the way,” a statement from the FA read.

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