Lionesses face Brazil & Australia in April in preparation for Women’s World Cup this summer by Michelle
England’s Lionesses won the Womens Euros last summer summer and are hoping to emulate their success when they travel to Australia and New Zealand in the summer for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which they are amongst the favourites to win.
England Women Manager Sarina Wiegman not lost a game since taking over the Lionesses, and is making sure her team will be well prepared with two top games in April.
First of all they take on the Copa America Champions Brazil at Wembley on Thursday 6 April in front of a sell-out crowd, where Arsenal’s Rafaelle is the captain. Leah Williamson will most likely be leading the Lionnesses in the first Women’s Finalissima (like the SuperCup). Just 5 days later the Lionesses welcome the Australian Matilda’s to Brentford which should be another good test, with Gunners Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Sam Kerr lining up for the visitors.
Wiegman is looking forward to facing challenges from outside Europe. She told the Mirror: “We are always looking for different challenges and we are really happy to play two more strong non-European teams in Brazil and Australia in April. They will both be competitive at the World Cup, and Australia will give everything to impress because they are going into a home tournament with big expectations. They will want to show they are in good shape for the finals.
“We know Australia have players at the highest level, so for us, it is another opportunity to see where we stand in our preparation for the World Cup. It will also be very special to play them at Brentford as it was a great EURO stadium. We want to create more excitement for our fans as we prepare for what we hope will be another memorable summer.”
England also take on Belgium tomorrow in the Final of the Arnold Clark trophy. The two teams are neck and neck on 6 points having won both matches already played in the cup and if the Lionesses continue to remain unbeaten under Wiegman before going to the World Cup, then England should be feeling very confident indeed.
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