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Old Trafford picked to stage grand opening of Women’s Euro 2021

• Attempt to break attendance record in England’s first match
• Phil Neville says his former home is one of the iconic grounds

The Football Association and Uefa are making an ambitious attempt to break the women’s European Championship attendance record in next year’s opening game by holding England’s first match at Old Trafford.

The Lionesses will step out in the 76,000-capacity venue on 7 July, in 500 days’ time, before completing their Group A fixtures at Brighton and Southampton. The tournament record was set when 41,301 attended the 2013 final in Sweden.

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