PHIL NEVILLE’s England World Cup semi-finalists face Brazil, the South American champions, at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on Saturday, October 5 [12:45pm].

The fixture will be the Lionesses’ first home match since the FIFA World Cup.

Brazil will provide another stern test on home soil ahead the visit of Germany to England in November.

Neville said: “It is great to be able to have secured this fixture against such opposition. I know a lot of work has gone into making it happen. Brazil will provide a different test to the other games we have lined up over the coming months, and it is always a special occasion when our two countries meet. I am also delighted that we will be playing in the North-East, a real footballing hotbed that has produced so many of our players over the years.”

The Riverside Stadium is used to welcoming Brazilian flair with Boro having been home to the likes of men’s stars Juninho, Emerson and Branco in the 1990s.

The Great Britain men's football team played Brazil in Middlesbrough in July 2012 in their only warm-up match for the London Olympics, while Team GB women hosted Sweden beforehand as part of a double-header at the Riverside Stadium.

It will be the third head to head between the nations in the last year, with Beth Mead’s winner giving England a 2-1 success at the SheBelieves Cup in Philadelphia in February after Fran Kirby had struck the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Notts County on 7 October last year.

Tickets for England v Brazil are available for sale online now, visit to book. Telephone and in-person sales will be available from 09:00am on Wednesday morning via the Middlesbrough ticket office on 01642 929421 or via