Molineux set for third England June international

Having hosted a pair of England senior men’s Nations League fixtures, Molineux will be the venue for a third and final international this week as the stadium welcomes Sarina Wiegman’s women’s side.

The Lionesses will prepare for a UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 campaign on home soil with a pair of friendlies, the first of which takes place in the Black Country against Belgium this evening.

Wiegman will bring her side back to the scene of their Arnold Clark Cup triumph, where a bumper crowd of 14,463 turned out to watch the Lionesses defeat rivals Germany 3-1 and lift the trophy back in February.

Tickets are still available to purchase for today’s 8pm kick-off.

England will also face the Netherlands at Elland Road next Friday as they ramp up their preparations for the Euros, which kick off on 6th July when the hosts take on Austria at Old Trafford.

The Lionesses are undefeated against Belgium in their three meetings since 2016, drawing 1-1 at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium in April 2016, before winning 2-0 in Leuven five months later.

The last time the sides went head-to-head came in August 2019 when England gave up a two-goal lead before having to fight back to snatch a 3-3 draw.

Yesterday, Weigman named her 23-strong squad for this summer’s Euros, with captain Leah Williamson leading the side in their hunt of claiming the trophy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 31st July.

There is a strong blend of experience and youth in the group, with Jill Scott included for what will be her fourth Euros after she took part in the 2009, 2013 and 2017 editions, while England’s all-time leading scorer White, on 50 goals, will be making her third consecutive Euros appearance.  

England’s UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 squad:

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jill Scott (Aston Villa, loan from Manchester City), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

Forwards: Bethany England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Manchester United), Ellen White (Manchester City)