The match depends on the qualification of the champions of Euro 2022 for the Women’s World Cup 2023 in their next group of matches next September. The Lionesses advance five points off the Group D lead in qualifying, followed by a trip to second-placed Austria and a meeting with Luxembourg in Stoke.
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If they qualify, the Lionesses will play a box office match against the World Cup holders in what will be their first meeting at Wembley, the stadium where England secured their historic victory in the European Championship on Sunday, beating Germany 2-1.
“It’s really exciting to have the opportunity to play the United States at Wembley if we can make sure we qualify for the World Cup,” said England manager Sarina Weigman. “It will be a perfect match for our team to face another strong team after so many difficult matches in the Euro. It is good to enjoy the moment we are in after such a great summer, but we know we still have to work in order to take the next step forward.
“As a team, we take nothing for granted with our goal of reaching the World Cup, and whoever we play at home in October, it would be great to play another match at Wembley. After the positive experiences we had this summer, it will be so. Welcoming as many fans as possible so we can thank once again for their wonderful support.”
Meanwhile, US women’s national team coach Vlatko Andonovsky said: “Having a chance to play the European champions in London at Wembley is an opportunity that doesn’t come often, so we are all grateful that the match can be arranged, and we hope England finishes their campaign in playoffs in September.
“This is exactly the kind of match we need at exactly the right time in our World Cup preparations so we can test ourselves against a very talented team in England. I saw England play live at Euro, and I’m looking forward to a great match. The atmosphere at Wembley and another big event for women’s football. On October 7th.”
It would be England’s first meeting with the USWNT since the group stages of the SheBelieves Cup back in March 2020. Phil Neville was team manager at the time, overseeing a 2-0 defeat with Kristen Price and Carli Lloyd both.
England under Weigman have been undefeated since taking charge of the team in September 2021. That streak of performances included their historic victory at Euro 2022, which they secured on Sunday thanks to goals from Ella Ton and Chloe Kelly.