FOOTBALL: Women’s International – France v England – Live on BBC Three

England Women’s international friendly against France in Paris on October 20 will be broadcast live on BBC Three.

This will be the Three Lions’ first outing since they secured their place at next summer’s European Championships by beating Croatia 3-0 last month, and Hope Powell’s side will be looking to lay down an early marker ahead of the tournament against opponents sure to figure strongly at the finals.

It will also be the third England game in succession to be broadcast live by the BBC, following the Croatia game and the 1-0 win over the Netherlands in June, continuing the corporation’s commitment to broadcasting the England women’s team.

France knocked England out at the quarter-final stages of the 2011 World Cup on penalties. They are ranked fifth in the world and finished fourth at the recent London 2012 Olympic women’s football competition.

England coach Hope Powell is expecting a challenging encounter. She told the FA website: “This is a really good test for us to end the year. It is the first match of our European Championship preparations and it will set the tone for the next nine months.

“We need to test ourselves against the best teams on the continent and France are top class opposition. That said, they were quite keen to play us, too.

“They are a rapidly improving team. They have made really good progress since the last World Cup and this is just the sort of game we need to see where we are at.”

Both sides qualified for next summer’s tournament to be staged in Sweden by topping their respective groups, and will see this encounter as an ideal opportunity to gauge their chances of success.

Jacqui Oatley will present live coverage on BBC Three, with analysis from Sue Smith.

Nigel Adderley and Lucy Ward will provide commentary, and Karthi Gnanasegaram will conduct pitchside interviews.

Coverage will also be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

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Saturday 20th October
France v England – A Women’s International
Kick-off: 7.50pm | Venue: Charlety Stadium, Paris
LIVE – 7.30pm-10.00pm – BBC Three
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