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Published 29 September 2023 3 min read
Women's U23

Young Lionesses are coming to Manchester

Written by:

Beth McHugh

Portugal return to Manchester as they face England women's under-23s

England women’s under-23s will welcome Portugal to the Joie Stadium, home of Manchester City Women, on Monday 30 October.

The Young Lionesses began their season this month with a 1-1 draw away to Norway and a 3-0 victory at home over Belgium.

As well as being home to Manchester City, the venue was used for three matches at UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 so is well used to international action.

England WU23s last played Portugal in April, winning 3-2 away in Leiria and Emma Coates will know her squad faces a tough test against an exciting attacking side.

England WU23 versus Belgium was watched by more than 2,500 fans in Shrewsbury
England WU23 versus Belgium was watched by more than 2,500 fans in Shrewsbury

The fixture, which will kick off at 7pm BST, will see Portugal make a return to the North West for the first time since the EUROs, with the seniors playing all three of their group stage fixtures.

WU23 head coach Emma Coates said: “We can’t wait to play in Manchester and in a city with such a vibrant football culture.

“This season we’ve already played in front of a record crowd for the WU23 age group when we faced Belgium in Shrewsbury, so it’s brilliant that the growth of the game is also being seen across our development teams.

“These fixtures are always a great experience for our players and an opportunity for fans to see the next generation of Lionesses.

“We hope to see another great crowd turn out in Manchester as we continue our campaign.”

Tickets can be purchased from Manchester City.

Tickets for WU23s v Portugal