Thursday December 4th, 2014

The U.S. Women's national team will play France and England in preparation for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.

The match against France will take place at the Stade du Moustoir in Lorient, France on Feb. 8, followed by the meeting in England on Feb. 13. The venue for the latter match has yet to be revealed.

The U.S. team has beaten and drawn France in June of this year, but has not faced England since 2011, when it lost 2-1.

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“These games are exactly what we need,” said U.S. coach Jill Ellis. “Our goal leading up to the World Cup is to play some of the best team. These are two opponents that will test us and certainly two teams we could meet in Canada. Both teams are exceptionally well-organized, have a high level of athleticism and will pose some excellent challenges.”

England and France posted identical 10-0-0 records in their respective UEFA qualifying groups, and the U.S. beat Costa Rica 6-0 in the finals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament last month. 

The U.S. is ranked first in the world by FIFA, while France and England are ranked fourth and seventh, respectively. The draw for the World Cup, which begins June 6will take place this Saturday.

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