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England-USA women’s football match at Wembley sold out in one day

LONDON – England’s women’s soccer team continues to generate unprecedented interest from fans after winning the European Championship, with their scheduled game against the United States at Wembley Stadium in October selling out in less than a month. a day.

The game between the European champions and the reigning world champions was announced by the Football Association of England on Tuesday and will be played on October 7, subject to England securing their World Cup qualification in September.

The official Lionesses Twitter account posted an update early Wednesday that read, “YOU ARE AMAZING. 65,000 tickets have already been sold for our October international against the United States!

The team later said the game was sold out, but did not say how many tickets went on general sale.

The ticketing website briefly crashed on Tuesday amid huge demand.

It comes after a crowd of 87,192 – the biggest ever attendance for a European Championship match, men’s or women’s – saw the Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 after extra time at Wembley on Sunday as the he England women’s team won their first major trophy.

Sarina Wiegman’s side will play the World Cup qualifiers against Austria away on September 3 and then Luxembourg at Stoke Stadium three days later. Ticket sales for the latter match had reached 20,000 by midday Tuesday.

England are currently top of their World Cup qualifying group with a maximum of 24 points from eight matches and would seal their qualification for next year’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand with a draw against Austria, second, or a victory against Luxembourg.

If England are to play the World Cup qualifiers in October, anyone with a ticket for the US game would be entitled to a refund, the FA said.

The team is also using their success at the Euros to urge politicians to do more to promote women’s football.

The Lionesses wrote an open letter to the two candidates vying to be Britain’s next prime minister, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, on Wednesday, calling on them to prioritize funding for women’s football in schools.

“We have made incredible progress in women’s football, but this generation of schoolgirls deserves better,” the letter reads. “This is an opportunity to make a huge difference. A change that will impact the lives of millions of young girls.”