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Meadow Lane to host Lionesses

3 October 2018

England’s Lionesses will be taking on Brazil in a friendly at Meadow Lane on Saturday 6 October.

Having secured qualification for the Women’s World Cup courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Wales in Newport last week, Phil Neville’s side can now look ahead to tests on home soil.

After visiting Meadow Lane, the Lionesses will take on Australia at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on Tuesday 9 October.

Both matches will be shown live on BT Sport 1.

The news comes after it was announced Meadow Lane is also one of nine venues put forward in The FA’s bid to host the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021.

Notts owner and chairman Alan Hardy said: “This is yet more amazing recognition for our football club and we thoroughly look forward to welcoming the Lionesses to Meadow Lane.

“It’s sure to be a fascinating contest as England gear up to take part in what I expect will be a very exciting and competitive World Cup.

“We are also very proud to be hosting a match will provide an excellent opportunity for girls and women players in the East Midlands to see top-class female footballers in action.”

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.

“Both teams will be challenging opponents, with Brazil and Australia both ranked in the top 10 in the world. And, of course, they are potential World Cup opposition for us.

“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.”

Lionesses captain Steph Houghton added: “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.”

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