England will face the World Cup holders against the United States in the Wembley friendly

England will face the World Cup holders against the United States in the Wembley friendly

New European champions England will face the World Cup holders against the United States at Wembley in October, the Football Association announced.

The Leonesse will return to the scene of Sunday’s triumph at Euro 2022 to face the United States number one in the world on 7 October, provided they have secured their qualification for the World Cup in September.

Sarina Wiegman’s team returns to the field after winning the European Championships with World Cup qualifiers against Austria away on 3 September and then Luxembourg at the bet365 Stadium in Stoke three days later.

And with the surge in demand in the past few days, more than 20,000 tickets have been sold for this latest appointment in the first sales window.

England are currently leading their World Cup qualifying group with up to 24 points from eight games and will qualify for next year’s final in Australia and New Zealand with a draw against second-placed Austria. .

The FA said that should England play in the World Cup play-offs in October, they and the US federation will work to agree on a new match date.

The teams have never met at Wembley before and last met when England, then under Phil Neville, were beaten 2-0 in the SheBelieves Cup in 2020.

The United States also won 2-1 in the 2019 World Cup semi-final in France, with Alex Morgan scoring the winner and celebrating by miming over a cup of tea as Neville’s team lost a major trophy on that occasion.

Wiegman said: “It is really exciting to have the chance to play for the United States at Wembley if we can secure qualification for the World Cup.

It would be the perfect match for our team to meet another strong team after so many difficult games in Europe.

“It is good that we are enjoying the moment we are in after this wonderful summer, but we know we still have to work 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 will be special to have another Wembley match.

England won Euro 2022 after beating Germany 2-1 after extra time in Sunday's final at Wembley (Nick Potts / PA).

England won Euro 2022 after beating Germany 2-1 after extra time in Sunday’s final at Wembley (Nick Potts / PA)

“After the positive experiences we’ve had this summer, it will be great to welcome as many fans as possible so that we can thank them again for their incredible support.”

A crowd of 87,192 – the largest ever participation in a European match, male or female – saw the Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 after extra time at Wembley over the weekend, securing their first major trophy in their history.

England women’s first official match, a 3-2 defeat to Scotland in Greenock, took place on 18 November 1972.

And regarding the plan for October, the FA said that “with the occasion marking the 50th anniversary … the goal is to invite every living lioness to the national stadium and also recognize those who, through previous generations, they paved the way “.

Last month, the FA said it was working on a project to recognize and celebrate former internationals that would coincide with the anniversary.

It also undertook to reward the 1972 team players with bespoke caps. A number of former players on that team had expressed disappointment in a series of interviews with newspaper i, with a specific focus on the absence of official appearances distributed to the group.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Super League is already feeling the Lionesses effect with clubs reporting increased ticket sales ahead of the big kickoff over the weekend of 10-11 September.

Manchester City, Wembley match winner Chloe Kelly saw a huge increase in ticket sales for the opening match against Beth Mead’s Arsenal at Academy Stadium, even though there are still five weeks left until the match.

Chloe Kelly in action for Manchester City (Mike Egerton / PA).

Chloe Kelly in action for Manchester City (Mike Egerton / PA).

The stadium’s previous attendance record, 5,371, was against Manchester United last season. The capacity of the camp is 7,000 people, but it has been reduced due to Covid restrictions, and this time it should be sold out.

City, which also has England heroes including Keira Walsh, Ellen White and Lauren Hemp among its ranks, have sold a record number of season tickets, which were selling well during the European Championships and rose again after Sunday’s final. .

Great interest also for the next derby against United, which will be played at the Etihad Stadium, in December.

Chelsea also confirmed an increase in ticket sales for the season’s opening match against West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

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