Into the unknown we went – a delayed Olympics during a pandemic; an empty Sapporo Dome; a Team GB team the world had yet to see play. The build-up has been a long one. Decisions have been analysed to death and media days have been plenty but now was the time for the talking to stop and the action to start; for Team GB to set out their stall and try and put some of the less positive whispers to bed.
England make a welcome return to home soil after a summer on the road that was full of excitement but ended ultimately in disappointment. Over 30,000 are expected to turn out and watch the Lionesses at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough as they take on Brazil in a series of friendlies that will ramp up preparations for both the Olympics and Euro 2021.