England Women are set to face Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. This will be the first competitive match that the women will be playing at the new stadium since its reopening in 2007. The venue hosted two friendlies against Germany in 2014 and 2019. It also played host to Great Britain in the Olympic Games in 2012. The world cup qualifier for the 2023 world cup in Australia and New Zealand will be crucial.
“Having the chance for our England team to play again at Wembley in a competitive fixture is so important.” Baroness Sue Campbell, The FA’s director of women’s football, said. “From a performance point of view, it will give us the chance to get close to a big-game occasion of the kind we hope our squad will experience at next summer’s home UEFA Euro.”
“Having had such a challenging 18 months, the day will mean so much to our players, and of course we hope the chance to play in front of so many fans will be something truly special,” she added. “We have missed the supporters and let’s hope that things are heading in the right direction on that front. We want Wembley to feel like home for our England team and we want the players to be able to thrive when they run out to play.”
Sarina Wiegman will lead the England side as head coach against Northern Ireland at Wembley. She will begin her tenure after the Tokyo Olympics where she is the Netherlands boss.