The FA celebrating England’s international friendly against Germany at Wembley on Saturday by inviting as many former Lionesses as possible, dating back to the very first women’s international fixture played by England in November 1972.

Recently retired trio ​Karen Carney​Claire Rafferty and ​Laura Bassett will be among the special guests, with all three part of the England squad that finished third at the 2015 World Cup. Carney was also at the 2019 tournament where the Lionesses finished fourth.

Karen Carney,Phil Neville

The trio will be recognised for their career achievements and service during a special pre-match presentation, while the larger ex-Lionesses contingent will all take part in a half-time parade for fans at the sold-out national stadium to show their appreciation.

Also set to be honoured is Ellen White, who will finally be presented with the Bronze Boot trophy she earned by scoring six goals at the World Cup earlier this year. The Manchester City forward is part of the England squad for the first time since the tournament after recovering from injury.

This game is set to shatter the attendance record for an England women’s international fixture, with the current record at 45,619. That figure was set in November 2014 and was also a friendly between the Lionesses and Germany at Wembley.

Not only that, Saturday’s clash is expected to set a new attendance record for any women’s football game ever played in England. That record currently stands at a touch over 80,000 and was set when USA and Japan met at Wembley in the gold medal match at the 2012 Olympics.

In addition to the celebration of football, there will also be a remembrance ceremony lead by FA chairman Greg Clarke and DFB president Fritz Keller. Wreaths will be laid by Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force representatives and the Last Post will be played by a Navy bugler.

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