England will take on Scotland at Tranmere Rovers FC on Thursday 21 April 2005.
England’s preparations for Women's Euro 2005 continue in two weeks time when they take on Scotland in a Nationwide international at Tranmere Rovers FC on Thursday 21 April 2005, kick-off 7.45pm.
The match, which will be shown live on Sky Sports, will be a tough test for Hope Powell’s England team as Scotland narrowly missed out on qualification for the 2005 UEFA European Women's Championship, which is being held in the North West between 05 and 19 June 2005.
England National Coach Hope Powell OBE said: "Taking on Scotland represents the next step in our preparations for Women's Euro 2005 and we go into the match having secured a 4-1 victory over Italy in our last home international.
"We will also have played four games in The Algarve Cup tournament before the match at Prenton Park. With such a tough preparation programme, and every player fighting for their place in the squad, I am confident that the team will put on a great display for the fans."
The Three Lions last faced Scotland at Preston North End FC’s Deepdale in November 2003, a Women's Euro 2005 venue, when England triumphed 5-0 with a brace from captain Faye White.
Liverpool-born England midfielder Sue Smith, who signed for Leeds United Ladies from Tranmere in2002, added: "It will be fantastic to return to Prenton Park where I spent many happy years.
"I’ll have a lot of family and friends at the game, and I really hope the people of the Wirral and Merseyside turn out to show their support for the England Women’s team in what promises to be an exciting match."
England have played one home international so far this year, beating fellow Women's Euro 2005 qualifiers Italy 4-1 in front of a sell-out crowd at the National Hockey Stadium, home of Milton Keynes Dons FC. They then had a run of three victories and a 0-0 draw against China (before losing 5-3 on penalties) in the Algarve Cup in March.
Tranmere Rovers Chairman Lorraine Rogers said: "We are delighted to have been chosen by The FA to host this game, and we’re pleased that Tranmere Rovers will be playing a part in England’s preparations for Women's Euro 2005.
This international fixture is a fantastic opportunity for fans of the women’s game to see the top flight in action and I’m sure we will see supporters from all of the clubs in the Wirral and Merseyside getting behind their country next month."
Tickets for the match are on sale from the Tranmere Rovers FC ticket office or by calling the hotline on 0870 460 3332, priced at £3 for adults or £1 concessions in advance and £5/£2 on match day.
There are special discounts available for schools and football clubs, on application to Tranmere Rovers FC, details of which are available by calling 0870 460 3332 or you can download the booking form here.