England’s Young Lions to take on Ukraine, Turkey and Finland at home in Under-17 European Championship qualifiers
- England’s Under-17 team to face Ukraine, Turkey and Finland in qualifiers
- Elite Round triple-header will determine if they make finals in Azerbaijan
- Young Lions to play Turkey in Chesterfield on March 24, Finland in Leek on March 26 and Ukraine in Burton on March 29
England Under-17s face a European Championship qualification triple-header against Ukraine, Turkey and Finland in the Midlands next month.
The dates and venues have been confirmed for the three Elite Round qualifiers that will determine whether Steve Cooper’s Young Lions make it to May’s finals in Azerbaijan.
England will play Turkey at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium on March 24, Finland at Leek Town’s Harrison Park on March 26 and then Ukraine at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium on March 29.
The England Under-17 side line-up ahead of their recent Algarve Tournament match with Holland
The winners of each of the eight groups will qualify automatically for the 16-team finals, with the seven best-ranked runners-up also joining the hosts Azerbaijan in the tournament.
England recently geared up for the qualifiers by participating in the Algarve Tournament, where they drew with hosts Portugal and Germany, before losing to Holland.
England’s George Hirst celebrates his goal against Germany in the recent Under-17 Algarve Tournament
England’s Jaden Brown and Edward Francis challenge for the ball during the contest with Germany
EURO 2017 ELITE QUALIFIERS
Thursday March 24
Ukraine v Finland, Harrison Park, Leek Town (3pm)
England v Turkey, Proact Stadium, Chesterfield (7pm)
Saturday March 26
England v Finland, Harrison Park, Leek (3pm)
Turkey v Ukraine, St. George’s Park (7pm)
Tuesday March 26
England v Ukraine, Pirelli Stadium, Burton (7pm)
Finland v Turkey, St. George’s Park (7pm)
Coach Cooper said: ‘The recent Algarve tournament gave the players the chance to play against some top opposition and we’re really looking forward to what will be another three important games for us.
‘To host the Elite round on home turf is always exciting and to get round the country and give young England fans the opportunity to see some of our players on home soil is really important.
‘This year it falls during the Easter holidays, and hopefully the local fans can come out and support the team.’
Because England is the designated host nation for their qualifying group, the other games will be played at either Leek or the FA’s headquarters at St George’s Park.
Tickets for the three England matches will be priced at £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions (Under-16s and OAPs) and will be released through the clubs nearer the time.