Andros Townsend is expected to be in the starting eleven on Friday, when England take on Australia in the last match before Roy Hodgson has to name his final 23 man squad for the Euros.

The Newcastle winger was an unused substitute as England beat Turkey 2-1 with goals from Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.

Wednesday morning has brought the news that the Stadium of Light is set for a rare experience, with the stadium now sold out apart from a small number of corporate seats that remain on sale.

The north east football public showing an appetite for the national team that was lacking on Sunday, with some 10,000 empty seats at the Etihad.

Hopefully Friday’s sell out will mean St James Park will once again host England, with it now over 11 years since the national team played Azerbaijan in Newcastle, winning 2-0 with goals from Beckham and Gerrard.

A safe journey to all the visiting England fans who will be staying in Newcastle and venturing over to the dark place for the match on Friday night.

It is a 7.45pm kick-off and if you don’t have a ticket the game is to be shown live on ITV.

Sunderland’s commercial director, Gary Hutchinson:

“It is fantastic to see that the game has sold out and it highlights the capacity and desire for major events here in the city and wider North East region. 

“I am sure that both teams and the many thousands of visitors coming to the city will receive a very warm welcome from the people of Sunderland.

“We encourage everyone attending the game to plan their journey in advance as roads and public transport networks will be busy and come along early to enjoy the pre-match build up and we are very much looking forward to a fantastic occasion.”

Andros Townsend of course linked with a move to Sporting Lisbon yesterday by Portuguese media, a story that looks to have no foundation.