England’s historic women’s international friendly match against Germany at Wembley Stadium will be broadcast live on BBC Two this November, the broadcaster has confirmed.
The Lionesses take on the reigning European champions on Sunday, November 23, kicking off at 3.00pm, with BBC Two’s live coverage going on-air at 2.45pm, in what will be their first match at the new Wembley Stadium since it was reopened in 2007.
This highly-anticipated friendly encounter against the Germans will form part of head coach Mark Sampson’s preparations for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, in which England comfortably topped their qualification group.
It will be the first time that an international women’s football match has been played at Wembley since the London 2012 Olympic Games, when thousands flocked to England’s national stadium to see Great Britain women’s team, led by coach Hope Powell, play Brazil in front of a sell-out crowd.
England captain Steph Houghton scored the only goal in Team GB’s historic 1-0 victory over the Brazilians at the 2012 Olympics and will lead her team out against Germany on November 23.
Commenting on this historic friendly at Wembley Stadium, Houghton told TheFA.com: “Now that the league season is finished for us, all of the players’ thoughts are on the Germany game – we can’t wait to step out onto the Wembley pitch.
“The match against Brazil for Team GB is a day I’ll never forget and we got so much support from the fans in the stadium and those watching on TV.
“It’s great that the BBC are showing the game live and showcasing women’s football. It should be a really good game, Germany are an excellent team and it will be a great occasion for the women’s game.”
The Lionesses qualified for next summer’s Women’s World Cup showpiece, which will be staged in Canada, after winning ten out of ten of their Group 6 qualifiers and conceding just one goal, finishing their qualifying campaign with a thumping 10-0 win in Montenegro.
Also speaking to TheFA.com, head coach said: “After securing qualification for the World Cup, the Germany announcement has created huge excitement within the women’s football community.
“Just looking at the history of England v Germany matches at Wembley, such as in 1966, 1996 and the last match at the old Wembley; it sends a shiver down your spine to think that we have the opportunity now to add to that history – and with a women’s game.
“I know The FA is working very hard to support the match and get as many supporters to the game as possible, and I really hope the whole of the football community comes out in force to support the team.”
England Women’s Wembley showdown against Germany, which will sponsored by Breast Cancer Care, is also part of a reciprocal agreement with the German Football Association which will see England travel to Germany for a reverse fixture in 2015.
The BBC has covered all of England Women’s home international matches since 2012, alongside regular highlights of the domestic FA WSL season on The Women’s Football Show, broadcast on BBC Three, as well as live coverage of the FA Women’s Cup final in May.
It is expected that the BBC will also follow England’s progress at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada by screening selected live games from the tournament, along with British Eurosport.