The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

STEPH HOUGHTON says Eng­land fans can boost the Lionesses’ Euro 2017 qual­i­fy­ing bid by sup­port­ing in their num­bers when they take on Bel­gium next month.

Rother­ham United’s New York Sta­dium, which also staged last sea­son’s FA Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres Cup fi­nal, will play host to the qual­i­fier on Fri­day, April 8.

Eng­land have a 100 per cent record in their cam­paign, hav­ing beaten Es­to­nia 8-0 in Tallinn be­fore a 1-0 win against Bos­nia at Ashton Gate, Bris­tol.

Skip­per Houghton is look­ing for­ward to play­ing in York­shire.

“We can’t wait to play at home again in front of our sup­port­ers and to be back up North again,” said the Manch­ester City de­fender.

“Bel­gium will be one of our tough­est op­po­nents in this cam­paign, but hope­fully we’ll get a good win and take another step to­wards qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“We had such a fan­tas­tic turn-out for our last match, and we hope as many of our sup­port­ers as pos­si­ble come and cheer us on against Bel­gium.”

Head coach Mark Samp­son added:“Our sup­port­ers have been in­cred­i­ble get­ting be­hind our team and we love play­ing in front of them at home.

“They have played such a mas­sive part in the Lionesses win­ning ev­ery com­pet­i­tive home match in the past two years, and we are de­ter­mined to con­tinue that record against Bel­gium.”

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