Women's Euro 2017: Jayne Ludlow wants permanent Wales base

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Cardiff City Stadium hosted Wales' World Cup qualifier against England in August 2014

Manager Jayne Ludlow is hopeful Wales will play all of their 2017 Women's European Championship qualifiers at the same location.

Wales have been drawn in Group 8 along with 2013 runners-up Norway, Austria, Israel and Kazakhstan.

Their first home game will be against Kazakhstan in November after facing Austria and Norway away.

"I am hoping that we can have a home stadium that we can play every match at," Ludlow said

"At the moment we're in talks with different clubs with regards where we decide to base ourselves."

Wales played at Cardiff City Stadium, Llanelli's Parc y Scarlets, Haverfordwest and Bangor during their 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Ludlow, who succeeded Jarmo Matikainen, wants a permanent home for the Euro 2017 campaign but added that she does not have a particular stadium in mind.

"It's a big thing for me and the group to have a pitch that feels like our home pitch," Ludlow added.

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"We feel stronger and comfortable when we play there. It's something that I'd like to put in place by the time the qualifying games come round."

"Obviously the playing surface is key for us.

"We'll also look at the areas where women's football is developing. For me it's important that we base ourselves where our fans are."

Wales begin their qualifying campaign in Austria on 22 September before travelling to World Cup finalists Norway a month later.

Former Arsenal captain Ludlow is looking forward to her first campaign in charge and says the planning has already started ahead of the first game in September.

"It's a tough start but as a group we have many things to plan over the summer," Ludlow said.

"We can work on some areas we need to work on and come September hopefully we'll be flying and raring to go."

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