Howard Webb says tonight’s staging of the England-Germany game at New York Stadium is a “fantastic honour” for the club and its ground.
The talented youngsters from these footballing giants meet in an under-18 international tonight (7.30pm). More than 6,000 tickets had been sold at the start of the week, with plenty more set to attend, a response which has delighted the FA.
“It’s fantastic for Rotherham United and for New York Stadium that such a prestigious game is being held there,” said Webb, the country’s No 1 referee who will be officiating at the World Cup in Brazil, having refereed the last World Cup Final.
“A fixture at any level between England and Germany always means so much to both nations and it will give an opportunity for the people of Rotherham and South Yorkshire to see some of the stars of tomorrow.
“I know how proud the club was to host the England women’s international last year and they are delighted to be hosting this game. I know the town will come out and get behind the England team on the night.”
Webb is from Rotherham and is a Millers supporter.
The stadium staged the England v Canada women’s international last year and Millers chairman Tony Stewart said: “That was regarded as a huge success and it is a great honour the FA have decided to return here.
“England v Germany is one of the great rivalries in world sport and we’re proud that the next chapter in this rivalry will be here at the home of Rotherham United.”
This will be the first ‘public’ appearance of the England U-18 side who have played several private games at the FA’s Centre at St George’s Park at Burton.
“It is a really big game for us,” said England U-18 coach Neil Dewsnip. “We’ve had several games behind closed closed doors and we’re looking forward to this one in front of a good crowd.
“I’ve not been to the stadium but everyone who has tells me that it is impressive and also that the pitch is really good, which is important because we encourage our players to be creative and expressive. Having a good surface is important in that respect.”
Admission is just £3 and £1 for concessions.