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England celebrate a goal in Euro 2005

Carrow Road to host international football

The England women's football team is to play its second international match at the home of Norwich City against Iceland in a friendly this March.


The profile of women's football is as high as it's ever been following last year's European Championships in the north west of England.

Now Norfolk's football fans will have a chance to see Hope Powell's England team when they take on Iceland in an international friendly at Carrow Road on 9 March 2006.

England's star of Euro05
Karen Carney

It's the second time England's women have played at the home of Norwich City. In July 2002, the Three Lions fell to a 1-0 defeat to Nigeria in front of more than 8,000 supporters.

Growing popularity

It's been reported that East Anglia is seeing a growth in the number of girls taking up the sport, and England's coach is hoping that local football fans turn out to her girls once more.

"The players get a huge buzz out of playing in front of large crowds, and it was a great atmosphere against Nigeria, although sadly the result wasn't what we wanted," said Hope Powell.

It's England's first home game since Euro 2005, where, despite being hosts, the team finished bottom of their group. While the end result was disappointing, Powell says the support the team received was phenomenal.

"Euro 2005 was a breakthrough moment for women’s football in this country, with 70,000 people watching England’s three games, and 8.2 million people watching on television,” she said.

The fact that the tournament was based in the north west means many fans who couldn't make the trip up north will be itching to see England stars such as Karen Carney and Katie Chapman in the flesh.

Staff delighted

"70,000 people watched England’s three games, with 8.2 million people watching on television"
England coach Hope Powell on England's new found profile.

Norwich City chief executive Neil Doncaster said, "Norwich City are delighted that the Football Association have chosen us to host yet another International fixture here at Carrow Road."

"We very much hope that people come along and support the team in what is an important match ahead of a World Cup qualifying campaign," he added.

The match is in preparation for their next qualifying match as they bid to make it to the 2007 World Cup in China. Having won their first three games, they face a crucial match against France at Ewood Park on 26 March.

Tickets for the game at Carrow Road are now on sale priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions.

Tickets can be purchased from the Norwich City ticket office or by calling the ticket hotline on 0870 444 1902.

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

last updated: 16/02/06
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