Monday, February 8, 2016

News: Rotherham to host international football qualifier

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England Women will play their next home game at Rotherham United's AESSEAL New York Stadium in April when The Lionesses take on Belgium as part of their UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying campaign.

The game on Friday April 8 is the latest high profile fixture to be staged at The Championship club's £20m venue which hosted the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Final last year between Notts County and Arsenal.

Rotherham United last hosted women's international football in April 2013, when they welcomed England Women to the New York Stadium. England defeated Canada 1-0 in a friendly game thanks to an Ellen White goal. England men's under 19 and under 17 teams have both won games at the stadium, which opened in 2010.

Mark Sampson, Head coach of the England Women said: "Our supporters have been incredible at getting behind our team and we love playing a home in front of them.

"They have played such a big part in the Lionesses winning every competitive home match in the past two years and we are determined to continue that record against Belgium.

"Rotherham did a wonderful job when they hosted the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Final, the stadium has excellent facilities and it will be a great location for the qualifier. I know the Lionesses fans will be out in force to support the team."
Tony Stewart, chairman of Rotherham United, added: "We have successfully held several high-profile international fixtures at AESSEAL New York Stadium in the past, but we are stepping up a level as we host a Women's European Championship qualifier.

"There is huge interest in this fixture and we are honoured to have been chosen for such an important game in the England Women’s calendar.

"Ticket sales were impressive for the recent FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Final held last year, but with such importance riding on this fixture we are expecting an even bigger turnout from the Rotherham public."

Rotherham United website

Images: The FA / Arsenal Ladies

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