Fans have been getting ready for the Lionesses Nations League opener as they welcome their oldest rival to the North East.

Fans of the Lionesses have been seen in a party mood at Keel Square fan zone in Sunderland ahead of England taking on Scotland in the Nations League at 7:45pm today (September 22).

Eager supporters could be seen revelling in Keel Square enjoying pre-match refreshments and entertainment.

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The event boasts a mix of live music and DJ performances which fans could be seen enjoying.

Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "It's incredibly exciting for Sunderland to be hosting the Lionesses' first match in the UK since their gripping World Cup final.]

"The Keel Square Fan Zone is a fantastic opportunity for anyone planning on going along on the night, to soak up some of the pre match buzz and excitement ahead of the main event.

"Our city has particularly strong connections to the Lionesses, with past and present players including Lucy Bronze and Jordan Knobbs, Steph Houghton and Jill Scott all having spent some of their early playing careers here so I think there will be a brilliant atmosphere in the fan zone, making it well worth while going along."

SAFC’s Chief Operating Officer, Steve Davison, added: "We are incredibly proud to be hosting the Lionesses’ North East return and what is also their official homecoming after an incredible performance at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

"Sunderland shares a special relationship with the Lionesses and we are excited to strengthen that connection this September, as we inspire the next generation and continue to champion Women’s sport within the region.

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"Before heading to the Stadium of Light, I encourage all fans to visit Keel Square to enjoy the pre-match atmosphere in the heart of the City of Sunderland."

The Lionesses last played at the Stadium of Light in November 2021.

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