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·29 September 2022

England announce Japan and Norway friendlies

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England will take on some strong opposition during the November international window with The Lionesses having lined-up friendlies against Japan and Norway.

FAWSL Full-Time were informed of England’s final fixtures of the nation’s UEFA Women’s EURO-winning year via an official press release from The Football Association this morning.

Both matches will take place at the Pinatar Arena in Murcia, Spain with England facing Japan on Friday 11 November before taking on Norway on Tuesday 15 November. The kick-off times for both matches are yet to be agreed.

The fixtures form a key part of The Lionesses’ preparations for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. Japan are a team who England have not faced since 2020 and they will provide Sarina Wiegman’s side with experience of playing against a top nation from the Rest of the World. England will then meet Norway four months on from their emphatic 8-0 victory in Brighton in the group stage of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.

After the fixtures were announced, head coach Wiegman said “I am really pleased we can continue to test ourselves against strong opposition, especially as we are fully focused on our preparation for the World Cup.

“Japan are one of the best teams in Asia and offer a different style of play to what we are used to. Norway had a difficult summer, however they qualified directly for the World Cup and I am confident they will bounce back. They have always proven to be a strong opponent, and the staff and players will look forward to welcoming Hege (Riise) again too.

“With both teams wanting to make a good impression as they build towards a major tournament, it will be a great opportunity to see where we stand.

“Furthermore, I hope a change of scenery and good climate for that time of year can contribute to keeping the players fresh after what has been an exciting and at the same time intense year for all.”

England return to action on Friday 7 October when they take on world champions, the United States, at a sold-out Wembley Stadium before facing the Czech Republic in Brighton on Tuesday 11 October.

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