England's game against France on Saturday will be broadcast on BBC Three
France v England
A Women’s International
7.50pm BST, Saturday 20 October 2012
Charlety Stadium, Paris
Live on BBC Three
England Women’s friendly against France on Saturday 20 October will be broadcast live on BBC Three.
This will be the Three Lions’ first match since they secured qualification to Euro 2013 by beating Croatia 3-0 last month.
It will also be the third England game in succession to be broadcast live by BBC, after the Croatia game and the 1-0 win over Holland in June.
France knocked England out of the 2011 World Cup, they are ranked fifth in the world and they finished fourth at London 2012, and National Coach Hope Powell is expecting a challenging encounter.
She said: “This is a really good test for us to end the year.
“It is the first match of our European Championship preparations and it will set the tone for the next nine months.
“We need to test ourselves against the best teams on the continent and France are top class opposition. That said, they were quite keen to play us, too.
“They are a rapidly improving team. They have made really good progress since the last World Cup and this is just the sort of game we need to see where we are at.”
Squad in full
Karen Bardsley (Linköping), Rachel Brown (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Bristol Academy)
Laura Bassett (Birmingham City), Sophie Bradley (Lincoln Ladies), Steph Houghton (Arsenal), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Lincoln Ladies), Dunia Susi (Chelsea).
Anita Asante (Göteborg), Jess Clarke (Lincoln Ladies), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Everton), Fara Williams (Everton), Rachel Yankey (Arsenal).
Eniola Aluko (Birmingham City), Toni Duggan (Everton), Kelly Smith (Arsenal), Rachel Williams (Birmingham City), Ellen White (Arsenal).