England stars Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have given their support to Hope Powell's side.
FIFA 2007 Women's World Cup qualifier
England v France
Sunday 26 March 2006
Blackburn Rovers FC, 7.05pm.
Whilst England midfield duo Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard experienced differing fortunes when they were in Premier League action on Sunday, they are united in their quest for World Cup glory in Germany this summer.
With only 77 days to the tournament kick-off, both players can be forgiven for looking ahead to the opening game against Paraguay in Frankfurt on Saturday 10th June, as expectation builds towards what could be a memorable tournament for The Three Lions.
Away from the media glare, Hope Powell's England side are gearing up for one of the most important international fixtures for England's Women in the last four years, as they take on France in a World Cup qualifier at Ewood Park this Sunday.
With the game being broadcast live on BBC Three and a crowd of 12,000-15,000 expected to cheer the team on against les Bleus, both Frank and Steven have taken time to pass on messages of support to their female counterparts.
At the end of February Frank was involved in the launch of the new England Away kit along with Rachel Yankey and Kelly Smith, and also met combative midfielder Katie Chapman at another photoshoot.
Frank told TheFA.com: "It's just three months away to the World Cup in Germany and it will be my first time at the biggest tournament a player can be involved in.
"I met Katie for the first time before Euro 2005 last Summer, and thought the Women's team were very unlucky not to reach the semi finals.
"The team have obviously got off to a great start in their qualifying group and will want to have a big, vocal crowd backing them against France next Sunday. I'd like to wish Katie and the team the very best of luck, and hope that they too can qualify for their World Cup in China next Summer."
Katie missed the 2002 World Cup play-off games against France when she was pregnant with her son Harvey, but her room-mate on England trips and experienced left-back Rachel Unitt was involved, and is keen to avenge the memories of the aggregate 2-0 defeat.
A mainstay in the England defence, the Everton defender has been buoyed this week by support from Gerrard.
"After being injured in 2002, it will be a very proud moment for me to take part in my first World Cup, and it would be fantastic for the women's game in this country if England could qualify for the 2007 World Cup in China" the Liverpool midfielder told TheFA.com.
"I see a lot of young girls now playing the game, and the England team are great role models. Rachel and I first met a year ago, and we talked about the progress the women's team have made; even though she plays for Everton!
"Any game against the French will be tough, but with the experience the team now has, I'm sure fans will be in a for a very entertaining ninety minutes, and hopefully three more points for England.
Supporters can still obtain tickets for Sunday's evening's Mothers Day clash, with Adult tickets costing just £5. Tickets for U16's and OAP's cost just £2.50. Tickets can be purchased from the Blackburn Rovers ticket office or by calling the ticket hotline on 08701 123456.