Local girl and England midfielder Jordan Nobbs believes the Three Lions are in for a “tough test” against Sweden at Victoria Park next month.
England face Sweden who are fifth in the FIFA World Rankings in a friendly at The Vic on August 3.
Nobbs, daughter of Pools legend Keith Nobbs, said: “They’re one of the best teams in the world and i think that’s definitely what we need right now.”
England, who are ranked three places below Sweden, face Wales in a crunch World Cup Qualifier later next month.
Nobbs, 21, added: “Our qualifiers haven’t been as hard as what we’ve maybe needed ahead of the Wales game which will be tough so this will be a good test.”
Arsenal midfielder Nobbs has made 11 appearances for England scoring three goals since making her debut in 2013.
England are top of their qualifying group five points clear of second place Wales.
Nobbs said: “Hopefully we can win our next one or two games then I think we’ll definitely have qualified but we won’t be complacent this Sweden game is massive and then hopefully we can go on against Wales and get the win.”
England star Nobbs also thinks the Hartlepool locals will see a “really good game” at Victoria Park.
She said: “I think you’ve got to take it a bit different to men’s football, it often gets compared but I think its a different game, but it will still be just as technical, Sweden are a very fit team it will be a good contest.”
Tickets are on sale now priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and can be purchased by calling (01429) 272584, via TheFA.com’s ticketing page or at the Hartlepool United ticket office.