Stoke City to host Team GB at bet365 Stadium test event


Great Britain Women will head to Stoke City for a friendly in front of supporters before jetting out to the Olympics.

Tickets have gone on sale today for a game against Zambia on Thursday, July 1 (7.15pm) that will also serve as a bet365 Stadium test event in the run up to fans returning in full next season.

England’s women took on Canada at Stoke earlier this year and the GB team is in preparation for Tokyo, where they have been in drawn in Group E against Canada, Chile and hosts Japan.

This match against Zambia – who have qualified for their first Olympics – will be the only chance for supporters to watch the side on home soil before the Games.

They last qualified for the Olympics in 2012, when they reached the quarter-finals.

Hege Riise, who won gold with Norway in 2000, will lead the squad as head coach and said: “I’m delighted that we have secured a match on home soil which allows fans to watch us play before we depart for Tokyo.

“It has been a long time since supporters have had the opportunity to watch any of the home nations play, and the chance to see our GB squad compete before the Games is a rare occasion indeed.



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“We are so excited to see what we can achieve out in Tokyo and we’ll go out there aiming to win. But we also aim to inspire young female footballers from across Great Britain to take up the support and further grow the game.

“We are honoured to welcome Zambia to Great Britain for this match. They have excelled in securing qualification for the Olympics and their achievement and the legacy they will provide will also help grow the women’s game in Zambia.

“On behalf of our entire squad I’d like to thank National Lottery players for making it possible not only for us to host this match but to prepare us in the best possible way to compete for gold in Tokyo.”

Adult tickets cost £16, it is £6 for over-65s and £3.50 for under-18s.

The match will also be broadcast on BBC4.





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