Rotherham prepares for first women’s international

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 4: xxxx of England in action during a training session ahead of their International friendly match against Canada at St George's Park on April 4, 2013 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas - The FA/The FA via Getty Images) *** Local caption *** xxxxx
BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 4: xxxx of England in action during a training session ahead of their International friendly match against Canada at St George's Park on April 4, 2013 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas - The FA/The FA via Getty Images) *** Local caption *** xxxxx
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The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham visited the National Football Centre ahead of the England Women’s team match in the town tomorrow.

Manager Hope Powell will bring her side to the New York Stadium for a home international against Olympic bronze medallists Canada on Sunday.

It will be the first time the stadium, which was opened officially by the Duke of Kent last month, has hosted a women’s international game.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Foden and Deputy Mayoress Kath Foden visited the squad at the new St George’s Park to wish them luck.

Coun Foden said he hoped the game would be a sell-out.

“I think it is absolutely marvellous that Rotherham is hosting this match,” he said.

“The town loves its football and we are really looking forward to welcoming this very talented team to Rotherham - particularly as the first ever women’s international match in the town is being played at Rotherham United’s brilliant new stadium.

“I am sure they will get a warm welcome and a huge amount of support and I wish them every success in their friendly against Canada.”

The friendly against Canada is part of the Three Lions preparation for Euro 2013, which also sees them face World Cup holders and Olympic silver medallists Japan later in the year.

The two fixtures form part of the FA150 celebrations, which mark the Football Association’s 150th anniversary.

Tomorrow’s match kicks-off at 3pm.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, and £2.50 concessions. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £10.