England Under-21s to face Moldova in Reading as new Euro campaign begins in September
England v Moldova
UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2013-15
Qualifying Group One
7.45pm, Thursday 5 September 2013
The Madejski Stadium, Reading FC
Live on BT Sport
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England Under-21s begin their Euro 2015 qualifying campaign at Reading’s Madejski Stadium on 5 September.
Moldova provide the opposition as the road to Czech Republic begins in Berkshire.
And the game will be an aperitif for Roy Hodgson’s senior squad, who also face Moldova in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley 24 hours later.
Following this summer’s trip to the Euro Finals in Israel, England go into the new qualifying campaign hoping to reach the last eight for the fifth successive time.
After the departure of Stuart Pearce as Under-21 Head Coach earlier this summer, a replacement has yet to be announced but should be in place for the qualifiers.
England are joined in Group One by Finland, Lithuania, San Marino and Wales and Sir Trevor Brooking is pleased to start with home advantage.
The FA’s Director Of Football Development revealed: “It’s important now to start building again.
“The Under-21s have six qualifiers to play before Christmas and on paper, the group is one that you would expect to be within the first couple of places.
“The frustration with the Under-21 qualifying stages is that however well you do, you are still involved in a play-off.
“You can be ten points clear in the group, but it doesn’t mean anything as the nitty-gritty really comes in the play-offs.
“We want the Under-21s to express themselves and get a bit of confidence.
“I’m sure Moldova will try and be difficult to break down, but it’s certainly a game where you would like to set your standard for the rest of the campaign.
“And then as the group progresses, whoever is in charge can try different players and systems of play to try and make sure that when you get to that play-off stage, you can identify who the best players in the group are.”
It will be the first return to Reading for the Under-21s since 2006, when England beat Norway by 3-1 thanks to two goals from David Bentley and one from Peter Whittingham.
Tickets for the game are priced at £10 for adults, £7 for 17-21s and £5 for U16s and OAPs. You can also purchase a family ticket of two adults and two U16s for just £20*.
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