Bristol date for Pearce's men
Friday, 25 June, 2010
Under-21s to meet Uzbekistan at Ashton Gate in August.
, from Ashton Gate or by calling 0871 222 6666.
Stuart Pearce’s Under-21 side will begin their preparations for their crunch European Championship Qualifiers later this year with a friendly international against Uzbekistan at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate Stadium on 10 August.
The game is key to Pearce’s plans ahead of their final UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Portugal and Lithuania in September.
With England currently second in their group, five points behind leaders Greece, Pearce will hope a win over Uzbekistan will provide the springboard to secure maximum points in the critical Group 9 games that will follow with a place in the play-offs for Denmark 2011 their aim.
“It's early in the season but when we were in Bristol last time it was near enough a full stadium which was fantastic. It's one of those places that we get great support and we're hoping for the same again," said Pearce, who is currently in South Africa with the England senior team.
Previously the Under-21s have secured two wins and a draw at the west country venue, with the last game ending 1-1 against Romania in front of 18,500 supporters in August 2007.
In 1997 the Young Lions were victorious over Italy with a slender 1-0 win and going back even further, to 1985, the record books show England beating Turkey 3-0 at Ashton Gate.
Bristol City’s Managing Director Doug Harman said: “We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming the Under-21s back to Ashton Gate.
"Stuart Pearce brought his team to Ashton Gate three years ago and was thrilled with the pitch, hospitality and facilities on offer.
"A lot of hard work has gone into gaining another showpiece fixture here and hopefully the Bristol public will turn out in force just like they did last time."
Tickets for this match are now on sale from the hotline number 0871 222 6666, or in person at Ashton Gate and online by clicking here.
Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (under-16s/senior citizens).
A discount applies for groups of 15 or more booking, with prices than reduced to £5 (adults) and £2.50 (concessions). For more information call 0871 222 6666 or download the appropriate form below.
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