FA announce England double-header against Australia for men’s and women’s teams
The FA have announced that both the England men’s and women’s teams will play their Australian counterparts in London this year.
The Lionesses will first welcome the Matildas to Brentford’s GTech Community Stadium for an Alzheimer’s Society International on Tuesday 11 April before the Three Lions meet the Socceroos at Wembley Stadium on Friday 13 October.
The Football Association announced a two-year charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Society in August 2021.
England head coach Gareth Southgate said: "This will be a good challenge for us as Australia performed well at the World Cup despite against having four tough opponents.
"I imagine there will be a strong Aussie contingent in London for both games. We all know the sporting rivalry between our two countries and that alone will add an extra edge."
The game in Brentford will form part of the Lionesses’ preparations for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in July.
England women’s head coach Sarina Wiegman said: "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 expectation. 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."
Additional reporting from PA