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Lionesses boosted by record ticket sales at Wembley

Manager Phil Neville says side needs to use possible sellout to inspire youngsters

The projected record-breaking attendance for a women’s football match in ­Britain should inspire fans to come regularly and encourage girls to believe they can play at international level, the England manager Phil Neville said on Friday.

More than 86,500 tickets have been sold for England’s showpiece friendly against Germany at Wembley on Saturday, close to the stadium’s 90,000 ­capacity. The attendance could beat the 80,203 who watched the 2012 women’s ­Olympic final at Wembley between USA and Japan. At the same tournament 70,584 watched Team GB beat ­Brazil and in 2014 another 45,619 came to watch England lose 3-0 to Germany.

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