BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Hege Riise, Head Coach of England looks on during the Women's International Friendly match between England and Northern Ireland at St George's Park on February 23, 2021 in Burton upon Trent, England. (Photo by The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

England announce April friendly with France in Caen

The Football Association have this morning announced that England will travel to Caen to face France in an international friendly match next month.

The Lionesses had already pencilled in a home friendly with Bev Priestman’s Canada and it has now been revealed that they will first travel to the Stade Michel d’Ornano to take on 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosts France.

The Football Association informed FAWSL Full-Time of the news earlier this morning via an official press release. The France fixture will take place on Friday 9 April and will kick-off at 8.10pm before the Lionesses face Canada at the Bet365 Stadium, home of Stoke City four days later with that game kicking-off at 7.15pm. Both matches will be broadcast live on BBC Four.

Commenting on the French fixture, England coach Hege Riise said “I am looking forward to taking the team to play France. We all know they are one of the best in the world, but they will also recognise we are at a high level and will give them a competitive game.

“We have to use every opportunity to learn and improve, as individuals and as a group. With the Canada game also, this will be a great two matches and I am very happy for the players to have this opportunity.”

England’s fixture in Caen will see the Lionesses play overseas for the first time since March 2020 when they competed at the SheBelieves Cup in the United States. Temporary coach Riise took charge of the team for the first time last month as they defeated Northern Ireland 6-0 at St George’s Park.

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