England Women have announced they will celebrate their qualification for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 by making their debut appearance at Wembley Stadium.
The FA announced they are due to face European champions Germany on Sunday 23 November, following confirmation at the global event with a 4-0 win over Wales on Thursday, in what will be their first game at the national stadium since it was reopened in 2007. Their only other game at the national stadium was a meeting with Sweden in 1989.
With their ticket to Canada assured, Lionesses boss Mark Sampson is eagerly awaiting what he feels will be a big day for women's football in the country. “To test ourselves against teams of Germany’s calibre is important for the development of the team in the lead up to the World Cup,” he told thefa.com.
"This is something many people within the women’s football community have hoped for and now it is a reality, it really will be an historic milestone and platform from the women’s game in England. I really hope that supporters and football fans will come together to celebrate a fantastic occasion and cheer on the team.”
Some of England's stars have stepped out at Wembley before, but sporting the colours of Great Britain during the Women's Olympic Football Tournament 2012. One of those there was Lionesses captain Steph Houghton, who scored after just two minutes into their win over Brazil in front over 70,000 fans.
“Playing for your country at Wembley is what you dream of as a child and it’s so exciting to know that we’re going to be stepping out onto the pitch at Wembley again and this time in an England shirt.
“Bringing a women’s match to Wembley is such a huge platform for us as footballers and for the game in general. Our Team GB match here at London 2012 really helped to promote women’s football and hopefully this game will do the same.
“Speaking with the girls, we can’t wait to play at Wembley and in a really competitive match against Germany, who are an excellent side. Hopefully we’ll have a big crowd and a great atmosphere.”