Brighton & Hove Albion to host Women's World Cup qualifier

Wednesday 05 Feb 2014
New England Women's boss Mark Sampson
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Mark Sampson’s first home game in charge of the England Women’s team will be held at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium (Amex Stadium) on Saturday 5 April.

The Championship outfit will stage the Three Lions’ fifth World Cup 2015 qualifier, against Montenegro, a match that will be screened live on BBC Two.

Former Interim Head Coach Brent Hills led England to victory in their opening four qualifiers last year.

 

England v Montenegro

FIFA Women's World Cup 2015
Group 6 Qualifier
12.55pm, Saturday 5 April 2014
American Express Community Stadium
Live on BBC Two

 

 

Sampson began his reign with a 1-1 draw against Norway in La Manga last month.

He said: "The Montenegro match is one we are all so excited about - we have been since our first get-together.

"These are fresh times for our England Women’s team and I hope our supporters are sharing our sense of optimism about the journey we have ahead of us. It starts in earnest in April against Montenegro and if we want our journey to be a fulfilling one, we need to be together from the very start.

"We are a new group with new ideas and there is a real freshness to our approach. Now we can’t wait to play in a competitive environment and live our vision on the pitch.

"The Amex is a wonderful stadium and I know it will be a fitting venue for our first match together.

"The fact the game will be live on the BBC will no doubt help further boost the women’s game in this country and I think it’s absolutely awesome they are fully behind us.

 

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Before the Montenegro match, England will travel to Larnaca to compete as holders in the annual Cyprus Cup. They take on Italy (on Wednesday 5 March), Finland (7 March) and Canada (10 March) in the group stage.

The Amex Stadium has hosted two previous England matches – the U19s’ 1-0 win over Denmark in November 2011 and the Under-21s’ 4-0 victory over Austria in March last year.

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber added: "As a club with our own thriving women's team and academy, we are keen to support and promote the women's game in every way we can.

"To be hosting a senior international World Cup qualifier is not only a great honour for the club but also a great boost to the profile of the women's game in Brighton and Sussex.

"Having already hosted the U19s and Under-21s, when a combined number of almost 37,000 fans came to watch those two matches, we are very hopeful the people of Sussex and further afield will once again come out in force to join us at the Amex in support of England hopefully to cheer the team to a vital victory."

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By FA Staff