England will be refereed by a female referee for the first time when they face Andorra at the weekend for their World Cup qualifier.
Referee Kateryna Monzul will take charge of the game on Saturday along with fellow Ukrainian assistant referees Maryna Striletska and Svitlana Grushko. VAR is Stephanie Frappart of France while her fourth official and assistant video assistant referee will be male.
The 40-year-old has taken charge of a senior men’s international before, however, having been part of the first all-female refereeing team to officiate when San Marino faced Gibraltar in the Nations League in November 2020.
A referee in the Ukrainian Premier League, Monzul also has experience at Women’s World Cups and European Championships since 2005 having overseen games at the 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 World Cups and the 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2017 editions.
Frappart has officiated in the men’s Champions League and also taken charge of a men’s World Cup Qualifier, becoming one of the sport’s female officiating trailblazers in the process.
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