England women’s football International Ellen White has described the popularity of their friendly against Germany this weekend as “Overwhelming”.
This was after the England women’s team had out sold the England men’s side with over 55,000 tickets been purchased already.
The three lions will take on Germany in an international friendly next week in the ‘home of football’ England’s National stadium Wembley.
The England side know “It’s important to put on a good performance and show everyone we are a good team”.
The former Arsenal striker does not want this to be a one off occasion “We’ve got to keep them engaged because it’s alright having 50,000 for this but then the next game five turn up for a WSL game”.
“Were all really proud to be playing at Wembley but now there will be pressure to keep it at Wembley” after the big step to play in such a prestigious stadium.
The Notts County striker expressed that the occasion was “a major step for women’s football”.
The game has been put in place in preparation for the upcoming World Cup which England qualified with a 100% record with ten wins, which will take place next summer in Canada.
“It’s what we always wanted to be able to go to Wembley. We are so overwhelmed at how quickly the tickets have sold.” said White.
Although the game is an important friendly with the gulf of people coming to watch the game but White explained “Friendlies are totally different to tournaments”.
White experienced the Olympics for Great Britain in 2012 “we grabbed it with both hand and it was like wow this is amazing none of us never would have thought we would experience an Olympics.”
White has been involved in a previous World Cup experience in 2010, where she scored a memorable goal against eventual winners Japan which was one of her personal best performances.
White is positive she will be back fit for the World Cup after surgery on her knee and expects to be involved in pre-season for the Women’s Super League in January.
Despite White expressing the women’s game as “growing massively” she admits “were a good few years behind the men in terms of the funding and the spectators”.
“We need to do well in the World Cup but we will put pressure on ourselves for that” was her reaction to where the women’s game needs to go.
“Those behind the scene will make sure were working hard to ensure we have a good World Cup”.
The draw for the World Cup groups will take place in December and you can watch the England game this Sunday which will kick off at 3pm on BBC2.