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Canada to face England in women's soccer friendly in April as part of Olympic prep

Last Updated Feb 4, 2021 at 9:24 am MDT

Canada's Jessie Fleming celebrates with her teammates after scoring against New Zealand on June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

CALGARY – Canada will play England in a women’s soccer friendly on April 13 as part of its preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

Canada Soccer called it an away match but said the location will be announced at a later date. The game falls during the April FIFA international window.

England is ranked sixth in the world while the Canadians are tied for No. 8 with Brazil.

The match will be a reunion of sorts.

Bev Priestman, an English native who took over the Canadian team in November, left Canada Soccer in August 2018 to become an assistant coach with England under Phil Neville.

Former Canadian international Rhian Wilkinson, meanwhile, left her job as Canadian youth coach and senior assistant coach last month to become an assistant coach job with the English women.