Women's Football

Northern Ireland to host England at Windsor Park before Euro 2022

Ali Rampling
England and Northern Ireland will meet at Windsor Park in April
England and Northern Ireland will meet at Windsor Park in April / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Northern Ireland will host England at Windsor Park in an April World Cup qualifier, in what will be the pair's final competitive fixture prior to this summer's European Championships.

Northern Ireland played at the national stadium for the first time in over a decade in September 2021 after booking their place at Euro 2022, and celebrated the occasion with a 4-0 win over Latvia.

The clash saw Louise McDaniel make history by becoming the first Northern Irish women's player to score at Windsor Park.

"It is great news for both the team and the staff that we will be playing England at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park," said Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels. "We are hoping there will be a bumper crowd to cheer us on.”

England also hosted the reverse fixture at their national stadium, with Beth Mead hitting a famous second-half Wembley hat trick en route to a 4-0 victory for the Lionesses.

Sarina Wiegman's side sit top of the World Cup qualifying group following six wins from their opening six matches. They have scored 53 goals and are yet to concede.

Northern Ireland are currently third, level on points with second place Austria after four wins, a draw and a defeat from their first six matches.

The match will take place on Tuesday 12 April and England and Northern Ireland are poised to meet again three months later at Euro 2022 in the final group stage fixture at St Mary's on 15 July.

While England are tournament hosts, this summer's European Championships represent history for Northern Ireland, with it being the first major tournament that the women's side have participated in.