Westfield Matildas add England friendly to exciting match schedule

The Westfield Matildas’ line-up of massive international friendly matches continues to grow with confirmation that Alen Stajcic’s team will play England in London on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 (local time).

Australia’s friendly match against the Phil Neville coached Lionesses at Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC, will occur just four days after the Westfield Matildas take on France’s senior women’s national football team in Saint-Etienne.

SAINT-ETIENNE: Australia will play the 2019 FIFA World Cup hosts France in October 

ANNOUNCED: Westfield Matildas will play Chile at home over two matches in November

Moreover, the high-profile friendly fixture comes just a month before the team will return to home soil to take on Chile in the two-match “Seven Consulting International Series” at Panthers Stadium, Penrith (Saturday, 10 November) and McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle (Tuesday, 13 November), which was announced earlier today.

Westfield Matildas Head Coach, Alen Stajcic, said his side’s friendlies against France and England will offer the players selected with a fantastic opportunity to test themselves against some of the world’s best.

“It is very exciting to play the world’s number three (France) and four (England) ranked teams,” said Stajcic. “England, having made the semi-finals in the last FIFA Women’s World Cup have continued to improve, and under new coach Phil Neville have transformed their playing style while going through undefeated in World Cup qualifying.”

“Australia has a great rivalry with England in sport and I hope this match continues to evoke that same passion and engagement that we’ve seen in so many other codes over the years,” he concluded.

England 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.”

“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.”

Upcoming Westfield Matildas Matches:

France v Westfield Matildas

Date: Friday, 5 October 2018 (local time)
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France
Kick-off: 9pm (local); 5am – Saturday, 6 October 2018 (AEST)
Tickets: TBC

England v Westfield Matildas
Date: Tuesday, 9 October 2018 (local time)
Venue: Craven Cottage, London, England
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 5am – Wednesday, 10 October 2018 (AEDT)
Tickets: www.thefa.com/ticketing

Westfield Matildas v Chile (“Seven Consulting International Series”)
Date: Saturday, 10 November 2018
Venue: Panthers Stadium, Penrith, Australia
Kick-off: 3.30pm (AEDT)
Tickets: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS (Channel 505) and SBS TV (check local guides for details)

Westfield Matildas v Chile (“Seven Consulting International Series”)
Date: Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia
Kick-off: 7.30pm (AEDT)
Tickets: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS (Channel 505) and SBS TV (check local guides for details)
 

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