England’s final World Cup
warm-up game against New Zealand at Brighton’s American Express Community
Stadium is the perfect way to prepare for France according to midfielder Lucy Staniforth.
game on June 1 will be the last chance for Phil Neville’s team to play
competitively before they cross the channel on a mission to bring back the most
prestigious trophy in football.
the Lionesses have an excellent track record at the AMEX Stadium having won
their only other game there, beating Montenegro 9-0 in a World Cup qualifier
back in 2014.
20,000 fans are expected on the day and Staniforth believes that playing their
final game in front of such a big crowd will be exactly the type of experience
the team needs before they travel.
think it will be fantastic for the group to play our last preparation match in
front of such a big crowd at such a wonderful stadium,” she said.
saw Arsenal play Brighton there in the FA WSL and to be able to take those
experiences, that replicate big-game crowds, into a World Cup is great for us.
the crowd is nice and loud because out in France we might not be able to hear
our teammates on the pitch and that will help to prepare us.
most recent World Cup always feels like the biggest but we know that we are
obliged to inspire the next generation and the fact that it is in France makes
it so accessible.
am not quite sure that I will ever be able to describe the feeling of playing
for my country, let alone at a World Cup and I will be enjoying every single
moment of it and make some memories that last forever for me and my family.”
Birmingham City star has enjoyed a breakthrough year in an England shirt after
scoring at, and lifting, the SheBelieves Cup back in March and is desperate to
replicate her goalscoring form this summer and get her hands on another trophy.
Neville’s squad is stocked with a mixture of youth and experience and it is
that balance that Staniforth believes will be the key to England’s success.
was such a fantastic experience to go to the SheBelieves Cup and play against
the top teams in the world and then end up lifting the trophy was amazing but
we don’t want to be known as the team that won the SheBelieves Cup, we want to
be known as the team that won the World Cup,” she said.
had a funny feeling that I might score in America so hopefully I get that
feeling again in France.
young players we have around the team are fearless and they are taking their
opportunities with both hands at the moment to show the world what they can do.
take players like that to the World Cup is perfect because it breeds within the
team and although you have your level-heads that keep everyone on track it is
the fearlessness that spirals.
have said all along that the pressure in this group comes from the inside and
we don’t pay much attention to what is going on the outside.
have set our sights on winning the World Cup and becoming number one in the
world so we are fully aware of the pressure we are putting ourselves under and
hopefully it brings the best out of us.”
Women host New Zealand in a ‘Road to France’ international on Saturday 1 June
at Amex Stadium, Brighton, kick-off 1pm. Tickets are priced at only £1 for
concessions and £10 for adults.
Charter Standard Clubs who would like to apply for
complimentary tickets can do so via Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s ticketing
page. To take up your tickets you will require a discount code. The FA has
contacted clubs individually with a code, however if you don’t think your club
has received one, please contact us. Please note there will be a £5 processing
fee for all Charter Standard Club comps.
STANDARD CLUBS TICKETS
For any ticketing queries, please contact:
Brighton & Hove
Albion Support Services
T: 0344 324 6282