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England V Holland At Swindon Town

England Women v Holland

International Friendly

7.45pm, Wednesday 14 March 2007

County Ground, Swindon Town FC


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The FA and Swindon Town can today confirm that the England Women`s team will take on Holland at the County Ground on Wednesday 14 March as The Three Lions continue their World Cup preparations. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

The last fixture between the two sides was in August 2006 when a Kelly Smith hat-trick inspired Hope Powell's side to a thrilling 4-0 victory at The Valley in a FIFA Women`s World Cup qualifier.

The two sides have met each other eight times since 1993 with England winning six, losing one and drawing one game.

Hope said: 'The team are really looking forward to taking on Holland as they are a young team who play attractive football and are developing very quickly.

'In Vera Pauw they have a very experienced coach and like us, they are trying to put together a structure from the grassroots up that will stand them in good stead for future tournaments.

'In recent years we have been keen to showcase the talents of the England team by taking our home games around the country, and I know that girls football is becomingly increasingly popular in the West Country.

'We have a young girl from Swindon in our Under 15's Development squad which meets up next week and for players like her and other aspiring girls in the region, seeing the England team in action will hopefully spur them on to maybe become stars of the future.'

The Three Lions will be hoping to attract another bumper crowd in the 'home' town of their sponsors Nationwide Building Society, with crowds of over 8,000 having become commonplace over the last eighteen months.

Nationwide are in their ninth year backing the England Team and their Sponsorship Controller Chris Hull said: 'We have worked closely with Hope and are looking forward to the team competing on the World stage in September. The development of the team has been fantastic and we, along with everyone else, wish them further success in China.'

The County Ground last hosted international football last September when England's U17s beat Portugal 4-0 in front of 3,608 fans to clinch The FA International Tournament.

In September, England will compete in the FIFA Women`s World Cup in China, having just returned from a tournament in Guangzhou.

Ranked 12th in the world, England finished the tournament with two draws against the world`s number one and two ranked countries - Germany and USA - to give the players a huge confidence boost as they look to close the gap on some of the game`s superpowers.

The World Cup will be played in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Chengdu and Wuhan, between 10-30 September, the latter hosting the World Cup draw on 22 April.

'Swindon Town FC are delighted to be playing their part in the England Women's World Cup preparations by hosting the game with Holland in March at The County Ground' added Acting Chief Executive, Martyn Starnes.

'I am sure the people of Swindon and beyond will enjoy seeing international football return to Wiltshire and I am sure we will have a healthy crowd in attendance."

Tickets for the game on 14 March are on sale now priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions.

Tickets can be purchased from the Swindon Town ticket office or by calling the ticket hotline on 0870 443 1894.

Special group discounts are available for groups of over 15, with tickets costing just £1 per person, and booking forms can be downloaded later today at TheFA.com.

Article re-produced with the permission of The FA. Please visit the official website of the England football team at TheFA.com.

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Date:Monday February 12 2007
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