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England Women to play crucial World Cup qualifier in Colchester

England Women will face their Kazakhstan counterparts in November. Credit: PA

Colchester United have announced that England's Women team will be playing a World Cup qualifier at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in November.

Kazakhstan will be the visitors on Tuesday November 28 (7.05pm Kick-off), while the Lionesses will also face Bosnia & Herzegovina in Walsall on the Friday before.

Mark Sampson's side are currently preparing for their European Championship semi-final against the Netherlands tonight, having beaten France earlier this week.

England centurion Casey Stoney will be part of that squad, but she admits she's already looking forward to visiting Essex later in the year.

Local girl Casey Stoney looking forward to returning to Essex. Credit: PA

I’m particularly looking forward to playing in Colchester, I come from Basildon so it’s great to have a game in Essex.

We really enjoy taking our games around the country and giving as many people as possible the chance to come and watch us.

We have had such fantastic support so far during the Euros and hopefully we’ll have two big crowds at both games.

– Casey Stoney

The clash will be the sixth international game that Colchester have hosted since they moved to their new stadium in 2008.

"We are delighted to welcome England back to Colchester once again," Colchester United General Manager Tim Waddington said.

"The Lionesses have enjoyed an exceptional tournament so far and everyone at the club is right behind them ahead of their upcoming semi-final.

"We have a strong girls programme in our community scheme with plenty of promising female players aiming to follow in the Lionesses footsteps, and this will no doubt be a hugely popular game once again."