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Published 09 June 2023 4 min read
England Women's Senior Team

England to face Portugal in Women's World Cup send-off

Written by:

David Gerty

The Lionesses return to Milton Keynes in July ahead of trip 'Down Under'


England’s final fixture on home soil before the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be a send-off match against Portugal on Saturday 1 July, kicking-off at 3.15pm and broadcast live on ITV1.

The Lionesses will welcome their fellow finalists to Milton Keynes four days before England head Down Under for the finals in Australia and New Zealand. The meeting with Portugal will feature the squad that was announced by Sarina Wiegman last Wednesday to represent England at the tournament.

"I'm really pleased to have a competitive game for our last home fixture," said Wiegman. "We had two big games in April against Brazil and Australia where we learned so much. This will be another challenging match against a team that have performed well and are going to their first World Cup.

“Portugal will also want to show they can be a threat to teams in Australia, and they have very technical players with good ability. For us, it will be important to come together again as a team after the end of the club season and feel the support of our fans.

“We'll do our best to give them a good performance. It will only be three weeks until our opening World Cup game so it will be such an important moment in our preparation.”
09 Oct 2019 3:02

Highlights: Portugal 0-1 England

Take a look back at the last time the Lionesses took on Portugal back in 2019

Tickets will go on sale to My England Football members on Friday 9 June and on general sale from midday on Monday 12 June. To access the priority window, you must have signed up prior to the window opening. 

England last played at Stadium MK in the Arnold Clark Cup earlier this year, winning 4-0 against Korea Republic in February.

Portugal were the hosts wh
en the teams last played each other on 8 October 2019 in Setubal, when Beth Mead struck the only goal of the game for the visitors. England also met Portugal in the EURO 2017 group stage in Tilburg, Netherlands - winning 2-1 thanks to Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris.

The last meeting in England was more than 21 years ago in a 2003 World Cup qualifier on 24 February 2002, when England won 3-0 in Portsmouth after a Kelly Smith double followed Fara Williams’ first international goal on her full debut.

Before the World Cup begins, England will take on Canada in a behind-closed-doors match on 14 July. In the finals, the Lionesses have been drawn in Group D and will take on Haiti (22 July, Brisbane), Denmark (28 July, Sydney) and PR China (1 August, Adelaide). Portugal are in Group E and meet Netherlands (23 July, Dunedin), Vietnam (27 July, Hamilton) and United States (1 August, Auckland).

Fans with tickets to the game in Milton Keynes can download a supporters' guide to the venue.

Car parking at the venue can also be booked in advance here.