England U21s Crucial Qualifier Set For Wembley

Monday, 23, June, 2008

England’s Under-21s will play their decisive final European Championship qualifier against Portugal at Wembley Stadium in September.

Tickets to see Stuart Pearce’s side on Friday 5 September (kick-off 7.45pm) start at just £10 for adults and £5 concessions.

England currently top the group with six wins and a draw. This record looks set to ensure qualification for the Championship play-offs. The highly-rated Portugal side need victory to stand any chance of overhauling England’s group lead and win a place alongside England in October’s play-offs.

U21 Coach Stuart Pearce said: “Since our last U21 game, six of our players have been in the senior squad. That shows that the dividing line is very small and Fabio Capello is happy to bring players in and have a look at them.

“We want the transition to the seniors to be as smooth as possible. Taking this game to Wembley is part of that. A lot of the U21 players will never have played there before and the experience of playing this game there will help them as and when they step up to the seniors.”

Many of the six players recently involved with the seniors – Joe Hart, Theo Walcott, Gabby Agbonlahor, David Wheater, Tom Huddlestone and Joe Lewis – are expected to play their part in ensuring England top their group by defeating Portugal.

Ticket information
Tickets are priced £10 adults and £5 concessions for Level 1 and £15 (no concessions) on Level 2. Disabled supporters £10. Tickets go on sale at 12noon on Tuesday 15 July from the Hotline 0844 826 2010 or via www.TheFA.com/Tickets where further information can be found including details of group booking discounts.