Carrow Road to host England U-21s

Carrow Road is to host an England Under-21 international friendly this summer. Stuart Pearce's side will take on Slovakia on Tuesday, June 5 (8pm) as part of their preparations for this summer's European Championship in Holland.

Carrow Road is to host an England Under-21 international friendly this summer.

Stuart Pearce's side will take on Slovakia on Tuesday, June 5 (8pm) as part of their preparations for this summer's European Championship in Holland.

It could mean a return to Norwich for former City loan star David Bentley, who scored in the Under-21s' last outing, a 3-3 draw with Italy that marked the opening of the new Wembley Stadium last month.

England are unbeaten this season, having secured their qualification for Holland with wins over Switzerland and Germany (twice). They have been drawn alongside the Czech Republic, Italy and Serbia in Group B of the eight-team tournament, which kicks off on June 10. England's first match is the following day against the Czechs.


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Carrow Road has played host to two previous U21 matches. The first was a UEFA Championship qualifier in 1983 when Paul Walsh and Brian Stein scored a brace each in a 4-1 win over Denmark.

In 1997, Michael Owen made his only U21 appearance, scoring as England beat Greece 4-2 in a qualifying play-off second leg.

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This will be the fourth meeting with Slovakia at this level, with England having won twice and lost once, coming out on top 2-0 in the last encounter, a European Championship qualifier at Sunderland in June 2003.

Tickets are on sale now from the Ticket Hotline on 0870 444 1902, priced £10 adults and £5 concessions. Details of group bookings can be found on TheFA.com. England supporters can also call into the Norwich City ticket office at Carrow Road or the Canary Store in Castle Mall to buy tickets.

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