The Lionesses will travel to Germany for their first fixture of 2020/21 with a friendly scheduled for Wiesbaden on Tuesday 27 October.
What was meant to a huge season for the international game in England, culminating in Euro 2021 on home soil, will inevitably have the feel of a waiting game now that the tournament has been pushed back a year and with head coach Phil Neville knowing that he will not be in charge for it.
Neville, however, was his usual upbeat self when talking about the fixture, telling the official FA website: "I know my squad will take a lot from the experience and I'm sure the fans will be relishing the chance to see us play again – even if unfortunately it has to be on television."
Both Neville and his chosen successor, Sarina Wiegman, will have their eyes on this weekend's opening matches in the new Women's Super League season after a summer in which a host of top names in the game were signed by English clubs.
That should guarantee a level of competition on a weekly basis that benefits those national team players who are regular starters for their clubs although a debate is taking place as to how much the spending spree will hamper the chances of younger talent coming through.