The Lionesses are getting ready to return to action with confirmation of an autumn fixture away to Germany on Tuesday 27 October.
England, who have not played since the SheBelieves Cup in the United States back in March, will head to Wiesbaden to take on the two-time World Cup winners at the Brita Arena. Before then, Phil Neville will gather his players for a training camp from 15-21 September at St. George’s Park – allowing the squad to come together as a group for the first time in seven months.
The fixture follows Germany’s trip to England last November when a record 77,768 crowd at Wembley saw the visitors secure a 2-1 victory. In contrast, supporters are unable to attend UEFA international fixtures in September due to COVID-19 restrictions, with Germany also confirming October’s game will be played behind closed doors.
Head coach Phil Neville said: “I know the players are so hungry to pull on an England shirt again and this is a good test to see where we are early in the new season against strong opposition. Germany away is a tough challenge but we know what we are capable of producing. I’m sure the players are excited about testing themselves against one of the best teams in the world.
“Next year is going to be a vital one for the players ahead of some major international tournaments in quick succession. While you can never fully replicate the pressure of a major finals, I know my squad will take a lot from the experience and I am sure the fans will be relishing the chance to see us play again – even if unfortunately it has to be on television.”
With regard to other autumn matches yet to be confirmed, The FA will continue to work on an international programme that provides the best platform to test the players’ performance and allows fans to see the squad at different venues across the country.
Meanwhile, England’s Young Lionesses are focusing on the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be played in India next February, having been named as one of the three European teams to take part in the finals.
Looking further into 2021, the Lionesses will continue working towards the delayed EURO tournament, which will be hosted at stadiums across England in summer 2022, before qualification begins for the 2023 FIFA World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.