Lionesses to host Brazil & Australia

England are to host international friendlies against Brazil at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground on Saturday 6th October, before playing Australia at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on Tuesday 9th October.

England Head Coach, Phil Neville, said: “After the euphoria of securing qualification to the World Cup last Friday, we can now focus on a solid nine-month preparation period and these friendlies will form an important part of those plans.”

“It’s been an incredible year for the Lionesses, but the hard work has only just started. The next nine months will be crucial and it begins with these friendlies. We’re all looking forward to testing ourselves against challenging opposition and I’m sure our fans will come out in good numbers to show their support.”

Steph Houghton said: “It was an incredible feeling to secure our place at the World Cup last week, and now we can really start to focus on the work we need to do between now and then, starting with these fixtures against quality opposition.

“We’ve got a demanding but exciting nine months ahead of us as we gear up for the World Cup.  The two friendlies will give us exactly the kind of tests we need to prepare ourselves mentally, physically and tactically for the tournament.

“We’re looking forward to the matches already, and to seeing our fantastic supporters enjoy great games on home soil.”

Tickets for both fixtures are on sale now, visit TheFA.com/ticketing.

Both matches will be shown live on BT Sport 1.