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The FA recognizes the 1972 Lionesses as England’s game against world champions USA

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The Lionesses will take on the world champions in the first-ever clash between the two nations at Wembley

The National Stadium will mark half a century since the English women’s first official game on November 18, 197. I announced last month that members of that original squad still hadn’t received official caps – and plans to rectify this have been delayed because records have been lost.

Every living lioness from the last 50 years will be invited to Wembley when the England women take on the USA in a meeting of European and world champions on October 7, the FA has confirmed.

However, former internationals will be present for the first game at Wembley since Sunday’s historic 2-1 win over Germany.

The encounter is subject to the Lionesses qualifying for September’s World Cup, but they are expected to do so on September 3 against nearest group rivals Austria. They just need a point in Wiener Neustadt or a home win against Luxembourg in Stoke on September 6th.

“It would be the perfect game for our team to meet another strong team after so many tough games at the European Championship,” said head coach Sarina Wiegman.

“It’s good that we’re enjoying the moment we’re in after this wonderful summer, but we know we still have work to do to take the next step forward.

“As a team we don’t take anything for granted with our goal of reaching the World Cup and whoever we play at home in October it will be special to have another Wembley game. After the positive experiences we’ve had this summer, it will be great to welcome as many fans as possible to say thank you again for their incredible support.”

A tie with the reigning world champions will be their biggest test since lifting their first major trophy and gives the Lionesses a chance to avenge their defeat in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals – when USA striker Alex Morgan taunted England with a controversial tee. Drinking jubilation after the winning goal.

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