Football: All Whites secure November friendly against England at Wembley

The All Whites will face England for the first time at Wembley Stadium, in a friendly match on November 13 (NZ time).

The match is the second provisional game confirmed for Danny Hay's national side, with New Zealand also looking to play world No. 1 Belgium in Brussels on October 9.

"Playing a team of the stature of England will be a real test for the squad, but this is the kind of challenge we want," says Hay. 

"This is another great opportunity to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the world."

Generations of Kiwi footballers have grown up with the dream of some day facing England, currently ranked fourth in the world, at Wembley - one of the game's iconic venues.

This generation will realise that dream, although at this stage, the game will be played behind closed doors.

The All Whites have played England twice before - both games in 1991 - at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland which England won 1- 0, while the other match was in Wellington at Athletic Park which England won 2-0.

Last month, Hay told Newshub he planned to base himself in Europe during October and November to give himself and the team the best preparation possible for fixtures, with only European-based players set to be named. 

The All Whites haven't played since last November, when they faced Ireland and Lithuania.

They were supposed to take on Oman and Bahrain in the Middle East in March, before the coronavirus pandemic saw the games cancelled.