England U16s will open their new campaign against Wales at the Aggborough Stadium
England U16s v Wales U16s
The Sky Sports Victory Shield
7.35pm, Friday 4 October 2013
Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster Harriers FC
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A new batch of England U16s will get their season underway in October as the annual Victory Shield begins with a match against Wales.
Kenny Swain's Young Lions will have home advantage too, with the game taking place at Kidderminster Harriers' Aggborough Stadium.
England won the Shield for the 12th year in succession last time around and as always, Swain will be aiming for nothing less.
But the main purpose of this competition is to give an opportunity to a broad range of players across the three matches, with Northern Ireland and Scotland also involved.
Speaking about the game and the options at his disposal, Head Coach Swain said: "We've got a great bunch of players coming through this year.
"We always get different types of players each year at this level and we've go quite a lot of really good defenders and also another great bunch of creative players coming through this time around.
"After nearly 10 years as a coach at this level, it's pleasing to see even more players progressing through the development system and representing their country up to Under 21 level and then eventually the senior team."
And Swain knows that their abilities will be tested by the Welsh, who make the relatively short trip across the border and into the West Midlands.
"Wales always provide a tough test for us and this game will be no different," he added.
"As we do with all our England development teams we like to take them around the country to showcase their talents.
"We always get good crowds for these games and hopefully we can do the same at Kidderminster.
"It's a real footballing area and a good football club so I'm looking forward to the game."
Tickets for the game cost £3 for adults and £1.50 for U16s. They are available by calling 01562 823 931 or e-mailing email@example.com