Squad take the chance to visit Novi Sad's major cultural landmark.
By Nicholas Veevers in Novi Sad.
It hasn’t all been football in Serbia for England’s U17 squad
this week, as the group took the opportunity on Saturday to visit Novi Sad’s major landmark, the Fortress of Petrovaradin.
Following a light training session in the morning after Friday’s game with Denmark, the players headed to the banks of the River Danube in the province of Vojvodina, before ascending the steps to the Fortress, which was built between 1692 and 1780.
Part of the Spatial Cultural-Historic Units of Great Importance List, the Fortress was initially constructed by the Romans before the Austrians fortified it further in order to prevent Turkish invasion of Europe.
Offering stunning views of the Danube and across Novi Sad and beyond, the squad took the chance to take photos and have a walk around the Fortress to see part of the host city's cultural past including the clock tower which is one of Novi Sad's major landmarks.
The squad then headed back into Novi Sad’s old town for some free time to themselves before returning to the hotel as their preparations for Monday’s game with Serbia begin to take precedence.
John Peacock’s team know that they need to beat their hosts at FK Indjija on Monday afternoon in order to stand any chance of progressing to the semi-final of the European Championships or to qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup in Mexico next month.
Three points for the Young Lions on Monday, coupled with a French defeat or draw with Denmark will be enough for them to progress into the last four and the next stage of defending their title of European U17 Champions.