England U17s will host Italy, Portugal and Turkey in August and September
The St. George's Park International Tournament
Wednesday 29 August - Sunday 2 September 2012
ENGLAND, Italy, Portugal, Turkey
Burton Albion FC, Northampton Town FC, Hinckley United FC
Tickets are priced £3 for adults and £1 for concessions
Burton Albion ticket hotline - 01283 565938
Northampton Town ticket hotline - 01604 683777
Posters - Burton Albion, Northampton Town, Hinckley United
The FA has confirmed that Burton Albion, Northampton Town and Hinckley United will be the host venues for next month’s annual St. George's Park International Tournament.
Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium will entertain England fixtures against Italy on Wednesday 29 August and Portugal on Sunday 2 September with England v Turkey sandwiched in-between at Northampton Town’s Sixfields on Friday 31 August. Hinckley United will be the main venue for non-England fixtures at the tournament. Click here for a full fixture schedule.
All three grounds are easily commutable from St. George’s Park with England U17s set to be the very first Three Lions side to stay and train at The FA’s £100m world class coach education facility in Burton.
Tickets for all England games will be priced at £3 adults and £1 concessions with a limited amount of free tickets for County FA affiliated clubs who hold Charter Standard status.
England tickets at Burton Albion can be purchased via 01283 565938 with England v Turkey at Sixfields available from 01604 683777.
Former Aston Villa European Cup winner Kenny Swain will be a part of the England coaching team for the tournament and believes the three games will play an important part in the career development of the youngsters.
“It’s a big competition for us and against quality opposition so our objectives are to improve the squad and prepare them for the international season ahead," he said.
“This is the ideal environment for that. We have a UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign ahead and we’ve been quite proud of our achievements at U17 level in recent years,” continued Swain who will assist England U17s Head Coach John Peacock at the tournament.
England U17s beat Spain 2-1 to win the UEFA European Championship in 2010 with Sunderland and former Ipswich Town striker Connor Wickham scoring the winner.
Joining Wickham in the title winning squad was Chelsea’s Josh McEachran and Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland who made Roy Hodgson’s senior Euros squad in Ukraine and Poland last month.
Swain is hoping that the current crop of U17 players will be able to make a similar impact in years to come: “We like to expose players to different types of challenges especially going to other countries and experiencing different cultures.
“In the meantime this will be the first time they’ve played in a tournament like this on home soil so it’s a great opportunity for the boys and an addition to the experiences that they’ve built up already.”
Non-England fixtures will be held on 31 August and 2 September at Hinckley United and Northampton Town on 29 August.
England v Italy - Charter Standard
England v Italy - Group Booking
Portugal v Turkey - Charter Standard
Portugal v Turkey - Group Booking
England v Portugal - Charter Standard
England v Portugal - Group Booking
Italy v Turkey - Charter Standard
Italy v Turkey - Group Booking
England v Turkey - Charter Standard
England v Turkey - Group Booking
Italy v Portugal - Charter Standard
Italy v Portugal - Group Booking