Socceroos, Matildas to both play England in blockbuster fixtures outside of Australia

The Socceroos and Matildas will play blockbuster friendlies against England in a unique international double across 2023.

Ahead of hosting the Women’s World Cup with New Zealand this year, the Matildas will travel to England to face the world No.4 Lionesses at Brentford on April 11 (7:45pm kickoff local time).

Fresh from reaching the round-of-16 at World Cup 2022, the Socceroos will face England at the nation’s famous Wembley Stadium on October 13 (7:45pm kickoff local time).

The Socceroos famously defeated England 3-1 in a 2003 friendly at Upton Park, but lost the last meeting 2-1 between the nations in 2016, while the Matildas drew 1-1 against the Lionesses in their previous contest in 2018.

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Football Australia CEO James Johnson was delighted to secure a high profile opponent for both national teams to play.

“Over the last two years, Football Australia has been dedicated to creating the right environment for national team success,” Johnson said.

“This means replicating tournament football by playing higher-ranked opponents on a more regular basis to ensure the best preparation and our teams are peaking come tournament time.

“For the Matildas, this has seen us playing against more top 10 ranked nations plus European and South American opponents. We will be replicating that strategy for the Socceroos in the upcoming FIFA World Cup cycle.

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Johnson believes the link between Australian footballers and UK leagues is starting to get stronger again and that the sport Down Under is rising once again.

“Australian football has always enjoyed a strong bond with football in the United Kingdom,” Johnson said.

“Historically, we had a prominent presence of male players throughout the English Premier League and the English Championship.

“This was followed by a very lean period but today, we have seen a resurgence of Australian footballers, both men and women, plying their trade in leagues across the United Kingdom.

“Harry Souttar has just signed for Leicester City and Riley McGree is having a standout season with Middlesborough in the English Championship. We also have seen a strong contingent of our Socceroos move to the Scottish Premiership in recent years. 

“Our Matildas have really led the resurgence of Australian football with eleven players in their current squad playing for clubs in England’s Women’s Super League including Sam Kerr at Chelsea and Caitlin Foord, at Arsenal, two powerhouses of the English game.

“Australian football is slowly re-establishing itself in English and European football again which is pleasing to see. The fact we have been able to secure this double fixture against England at a time when they are two of the best teams in world football is a sign of the drawing power of our national teams.

“The announcement of these matches today, with news about further fixtures for our Matildas and Socceroos to come, means that Australian football fans will be able to plan for an entire calendar year of national team football with some bumper fixtures, which of course includes the historic FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 on home soil.”

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