England set for double-header against Australia with Gareth Southgate’s side to take on the Socceroos in Wembley friendly and Sarina Wiegman’s European champions to face the Matildas at Brentford
- Southgate’s side will face Australia in a Wembley friendly on October 13
- Lionesses will face Australia in a friendly in their last game before the World Cup
- It will be the final game before Wiegman names her preliminary World Cup team
England have booked in an Australian double-header for later this year.
The England men’s side were due to face Australia in November 2020, but the game was called off due to Covid-19.
Southgate said: ‘This will be a good challenge for us as Australia performed well at the World Cup despite against having four tough opponents. I imagine there will be a strong Aussie contingent in London for both games.
‘We all know the sporting rivalry between our two countries and that alone will add an extra edge.’
Gareth Southgate’s England will face Australia in a Wembley friendly on October 13
England will face Australia in a friendly in their last game before this summer’s World Cup
Australia have several Women’s Super League players in their ranks including Sam Kerr (left)
Wiegman added: ‘We are always looking for different challenges and we are really happy to play two more strong non-European teams in Brazil and Australia in April.
‘They will both be competitive at the World Cup, and Australia will give everything to impress because they are going into a home tournament with big expectation. They will want to show they are in good shape for the finals.
‘We know Australia have players at the highest level, so for us it is another opportunity to see where we stand in our preparation for the World Cup.
‘It will also be very special to play them at Brentford as it was a great Euro stadium. We want to create more excitement for our fans as we prepare for what we hope will be another memorable summer.