England’s national football team will hit the road once again later this year with a friendly match at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.
The venue, home of Premier League club Leicester City, will host England vs Switzerland on September 11. It will mark the second time that England’s senior men’s team has played at the stadium, with the venue having hosted a 2-1 friendly win over Serbia & Montenegro back in June 2003.
England plays the majority of its home matches at London’s Wembley Stadium but travelled to Leeds’ Elland Road for a pre-World Cup friendly against Costa Rica last month. That match proved a hit with fans and the English Football Association has now opted to stage another game away from Wembley.
Leicester chief executive Susan Whelan said: “It is a great honour for us to welcome the FA and the England team to our home at King Power Stadium and to have the opportunity to bring international football back to Leicester. The city has played host to some esteemed sporting events in recent years and we’re extremely proud to be able to continue that tradition this September.
“A senior England international is a truly prestigious occasion, made all the more powerful by its potential to inspire Leicester’s future sporting generations, captivated by the opportunity to see the famous Three Lions in their hometown. I am sure it will be an experience they never forget.”
England played two friendly matches away from Wembley ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, with Manchester’s Etihad Stadium and Sunderland’s Stadium of Light hosting games against Turkey and Australia, respectively.