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The lioness will play against the US in the Wembley match between the Euro champions and the world champions | England women’s soccer team

England, the newly crowned European champions, will host the United States, the World Cup holders, at Wembley on 7 October.

The two teams last met in a SheBelieves Cup friendly in 2020 in Orlando with goals from Christen Press and Carli Lloyd giving the hosts a 2-0 win. They previously met in the semifinals of the 2019 World Cup in France, with the US winning 2-1 and continuing to lift the trophy.

The friendly at Wembley will take on England who have qualified for next month’s 2023 World Cup, being held in Australia and New Zealand. They are five points clear of Austria in Group D and need a point when they travel to Austria on September 3 or win against Luxembourg at Stoke City three days later.

The Football Association has sold more than 20,000 tickets for the first game at home since Wembley’s win over Germany in the Euro 2022 final, with more tickets to be released.

England manager Sarina Wiegman said: “It would be great to have the opportunity to play against the USA at Wembley if we can ensure qualification for the World Cup. It will be the perfect match for our squad to meet another strong team after so many difficult matches at the Euros. It’s good we’re enjoying our moment after this beautiful summer, but we know we still have work to do to take the next step forward… It will be great to welcome as many fans as possible so we can thank them again for their incredible support. ”

US head coach Vlatko Andonovski said: “These are the kinds of games we need at the right time in our World Cup preparations so we can test ourselves against a very talented England team. I see England playing live at the Euros, and I’m looking forward to the great atmosphere at Wembley and other big events for women’s football.”

The US last played at Wembley in an Olympic gold medal match in London 2012, when they beat Japan 2-1.

With the Euro 2022 fever yet to subside, the FA chief executive, Mark Bullingham, has snuffed out hopes of a bid to host the women’s World Cup in the near future, with a bid for the men’s Euro in 2028 in focus.

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We want to have it in the long term,” he said. “But if you think that we only have a number of games for the men’s Euros, we only have the women’s Euros, we are bidding for the men’s Euro 2028 – that’s where we are right now.”

Bullingham said the success of the women’s Euro had strengthened the FA’s relationship with UEFA.

“All the feedback we have received has been fantastic. The tournament has gone really well, we have had a phenomenal tournament, they have done everything brilliantly and we have smashed every target. So you hope that it will put us in good stead for any hosting.

“After all, we have a lot of goodwill in the bank. But I think the reality is the whole tournament has gone brilliantly so it just pushed the relationship closer.”

The lioness will play against the US in the Wembley match between the Euro champions and the world champions | England women’s soccer team

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