More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the international women’s football match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium.
The FA’s announcement suggests that the Lionesses’ first home game after their FIFA World Cup fourth place finish could surpass the previous home attendance record of 45,619, which was set in 2014 when Germany beat England.
Sue Campbell, the head of women’s football in England, said the match will be a celebration of the Lionesses’ achievements over the past 12 months.
She told talkSPORT: “The World Cup was amazing. We got incredible media support and had just a massive surge in the following, not just from women either, about 50 or 60 per cent were men watching the women’s game and really enjoying it.
“We want this event at Wembley to be a real celebration of what the Lionesses have achieved and who they are. 50,000 is terrific, it’s a step in the right direction and it will be a record if everyone who has bought a ticket shows, and we hope they will.”
Ticket prices for the event taking place on November 9 cost between £15 and £20 for adults and only £1 for under-16’s.
Campbell continues: “We’d love to fill this stadium and what a homecoming that would be for the Lionesses. They deserve it. They’re an incredible group of women and they played exceptionally well at the World Cup. It was not quite the result we wanted, but nevertheless, it’s going to be a fantastic at Wembley in November and we hope as many people as possible come along.
“Since 2015 the women’s game has developed massively across the world, the standard has gone through the roof. I’m really excited about the Lionesses did, but we see it as a starting point.”