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England Under-21s coming to Adams Park in Euro 2013 campaign
11:06am Wednesday 27th February 2013 in Latest Sport
WYCOMBE Wanderers will welcome England’s Under-21s to Adams Park in March for the next step on their path to Euro 2013.
Stuart Pearce’s young stars face two games on home soil before they head to Israel for June’s Finals.
Having already confirmed a friendly at Brighton, England will also play in Wycombe against Romania on March 21.
It will be the first time in 16 years that the Three Lions Under-21s side have played at Adams Park.
Peter Taylor, a former Blues boss, was in charge of a team that beat Moldova 1-0 in a UEFA Qualifier in September 1997.
“I’ve visited Wycombe many times and it is a great venue for football, the size of the stadium is perfect for us,” said England coach Pearce.
“I’ve never taken a team there before, so I’m really looking forward to it. With the senior team having two away matches it’s great for the Under 21s side to have two home matches at two different stadiums, such as Wycombe and Brighton.”
“It’s also a chance for the people of Buckinghamshire to come out and see some real top quality young players on show.”
Pearce’s young charges are currently on a record-breaking run of seven straight victories without conceding a goal.
During that time, they have qualified for the UEFA European Under-21s Championship for the fourth time in succession – the only nation to do so – and Pearce says he will be taking a strong team with Israel fast approaching.
Romania are also familiar opponents for the Under-21s under Pearce. A 2007 friendly in Bristol ended 1-1, and England triumphed 2-1 on aggregate in a two-legged Euro 2011 play-off three years later to reach the Finals in Denmark.
“It’s an important month for us as it’s my last opportunity ahead of this summer’s tournament to look at any players,” added Pearce.
“I will be putting out a strong side for both games and having a look at all my squad before we fly to Israel.”
This match will be screened live on ESPN with the programme starting from 6.30pm.
Tickets Details: Adults £10, Children (Under-16s) £5, Students (with NUS Card) £5, OAPS (over-65s) £5 and Family Ticket (two adults and two children) £20.
You can buy tickets at https://tickets.wwfc.com/ or call 01494 441118.