Manchester City's Academy Stadium will play host to England’s Women in April when the Lionesses take on Canada in a crucial warm-up match ahead of this summer’s 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup finals.
Phil Neville’s side will take on Canada at the Academy Stadium on Friday, April 5th, kick-off 7pm. For further ticket and venue information click here.
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The match also kicks off the Road to France Series, comprising four key fixtures for the Lionesses ahead of the World Cup campaign in France which gets underway in June.
England also play host to Spain at Swindon Town’s Energy Check County Ground on Tuesday, April 9 (7pm).
The Lionesses then round off preparations for the summer showpiece against Denmark at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium on Saturday May 25 (3pm) and New Zealand at Brighton and Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium on Saturday, June 1, (1pm).
Tickets for all four Road to France Series games are on sale now, priced at only £1 for concessions and £10 for adults – reduced to £7.50 if booked before 28 February (Canada & Spain) and 10 March (Denmark & New Zealand).
It will only be the second time the Lionesses have played at the Academy Stadium, following on from an inaugural international fixture at the venue in April 2015, when England overcame China 2-1 in a friendly.
With the Canadians ranked fifth in FIFA’s world rankings, it also promises to be a vital test for England as Neville’s squad hone their World Cup finals preparations.
Before the four-match Road to France Series, England begin the 2019 fixture schedule with the SheBelieves Cup in the United States later this month where they will play Brazil, Japan and the host nation.
Looking ahead, England manager Neville said: “The World Cup is firmly in sight now and I’m really happy with this group of fixtures to complement the games that we have played in recent months plus the ones to come at SheBelieves.
“It’s great that we can visit four different parts of the country and I have no doubt the players will get fantastic support as ever. I also want to thank my colleagues at The FA and the clubs for making this exciting series of games possible.
“This is a huge year for my players and staff, and we are raring to go. Every single day spent working at St. George’s Park is with the World Cup in mind, and we are going to France with the aim of making the country proud.”
The Lionesses’ group-stage schedule at the World Cup is:
• Sunday 9 June (5pm BST): England v Scotland - Stade de Nice
• Friday 14 June (8pm BST): England v Argentina – Stade Océane, Le Havre
• Wednesday 19 June (8pm BST): Japan v England - Stade de Nice
Fans wanting to travel to France for the World Cup have until Friday, 8 February to purchase their tickets. To book yours, visit TheFA.com/WWCtickets now.