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Shrewsbury Town's 9,875 capacity 'New Stadium' will host England's UEFA Women's Championship qualifier against Spain on Sunday 25 November. Kick off will be 6pm.
The match will be the second international that Hope Powell's side will play on home soil following their recent World Cup campaign, and the third of their European qualifying campaign, which opened with a 4-0 victory over Northern Ireland in May. England's group also contains the Czech Republic and Belarus.
"Being chosen to host a prestigious match like this is obviously a great honour for the club," said Shrewsbury Town Chief Executive, Steve Wellbeloved. "As important, it underlines that the new stadium is a huge asset for Shrewsbury and Shropshire and can play an invaluable role in focusing positive attention on the area to the benefit of the local community and businesses.
"There's been a lot of work behind the scenes on this and it's great to have achieved a milestone in hosting a prestigious senior international so early in the stadium's life."
England last played Spain in 2001, when two of the current England squad were on the scoresheet; Sue Smith scoring a hat-trick and Kelly Smith the other in a 4-2 victory at Luton Town's Kenilworth Road
Spain are currently ranked 20th in the world and despite some impressive performances at youth international level - they won the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2004 - they haven't yet transferred that promise at senior level.
However, a 3-0 away victory in their sole Euro 2009 group game to date against Belarus will ensure England guard against any complacency, whilst the current crop of Spanish Under-19s recently demonstrated their prowess, scoring 26 goals and conceding none in three games, including a 0-0 draw against England.
England Head Coach Hope Powell has been in charge of The Three Lions for over nine years, and has seen her players build a profile and interest in the women's game that has reached an all-time high. Looking ahead to the game, she said: "It's great that we have two home games so quickly. For those fans who supported us during the World Cup and tuned into our games on television, this is an opportunity to see the likes of Kelly Smith, Faye White and Katie Chapman in the flesh, maybe for the first time.
"Another factor in coming to Shropshire was the vibrant grassroots girls and women's football scene, so we're expecting and hoping that a lot of people come out and support the girls, as they deserve it."
Eve Bailey is the Girls and Women's Football Development Officer for the Shropshire FA and has been instrumental in boosting participation rates of females in the county. "What bigger thrill could a young local girl have than seeing their idols in action" said Eve, after hearing of the news earlier today.
"We now have around a thousand girls and women playing football every week in the county, with 60 teams across U10-U16 age groups in the Shropshire Girls League and eight teams in the Women's County League.
"We also have around 60 young girls who train twice a week at the Shrewsbury Town Girls Centre of Excellence, and I'm sure that a large number of these players will be out in force next month."
Tickets for the game will cost £5 for Adults and £2.50 for concessions, by calling the Shrewsbury Town ticket hotline on (01743) 273943.
Tickets for groups of 15 people or more can be purchased for just £1 per ticket, with booking forms available shortly via: www.TheFA.com/womens or: www.shrewsburytown.com.
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