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England U21s sent to Coventry

01 Sep 2009 11:36:00

England U21s sent to Coventry

The encounter will be the first home qualifier for Stuart Pearce's side as they look to secure their place in the 2011 European Under-21 Championship in Denmark. It will be the third qualification match for the young Lions as they prepare for this Friday's opener in Macedonia and then a trip to Greece next Tuesday. Pearce's charges reached the final of this summer's European Championship tournament in Sweden before losing out to Germany, the side they beat in a play-off back in 2006 when the Ricoh first played host to the Under-21 team. Chief executive of the Ricoh Arena Daniel Gidney told the club's official website: "Our ambitions to host football games during the 2012 Olympics are well known and attracting this level of event can only help us to achieve that aim." On-loan Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork has joined up with Pearce's squad for the trips to Macedonia and Greece and could once again be involved in October.


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