Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington to manage England Under-21s against Scotland
England v Scotland
Under-21 International Match
Tuesday 13 August 2013
Bramall Lane, Sheffield United FC
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and Ray Lewington
will take charge of the England Under-21 side for their first game of the season, when they face Scotland at Sheffield United.
The England Manager offered to lead the squad for the international on Tuesday 13 August as a prime opportunity to work closely with a fresh intake of young players in a World Cup year.
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, and hopes to make an appointment in time for the start of the UEFA Under-21 European Championship qualifiers in September.
Hodgson said: "There is an opportunity while the recruitment process goes on for me to work with this squad for this fixture, and it is something I very much wanted to do.
"Following the tournament in the summer, a number of players are now too old for the age group so we will look at a new batch and I'm keen to work closely on the training field with them for the few days before the game at Bramall Lane.
"I watch the Under-21 fixtures and I was in Israel for the tournament but, as a coach, nothing can beat the training field and the team hotel for getting to know players properly.
"In a World Cup year it makes absolute sense while there is the chance to do it."
Club England Managing Director Adrian Bevington added: "We welcome Roy's offer to take the Under-21 team in August.
"While we are recruiting for a new full-time coach, Roy and the senior team coaches will have a good opportunity to look closely at a new age group of players, both on and off the pitch.
"As both teams are based at St. George's Park
, we believe this is a sensible approach and we look forward to Roy working closely with the Under-21 coach once we have made an appointment.
"It is also important we are clear in what our priorities are with the development teams through improved planning and communication with coaches, players and clubs.
"We have amended the structure so the Under-21 coach will have responsibility for the development coaches working into our Director of Elite Development, Dan Ashworth. This should ensure a consistency of style across all our teams.
"We are managing an open recruitment process for this role
and expect to have a new coach in position for the September qualifying games."
Both the Men's Senior and Under-21 squads will train at St. George's Park ahead of the two fixtures against Scotland, with the senior teams meeting at Wembley on Wednesday 14 August
and the Under-21s at Bramall Lane the night before.
The fixture will form part of Kick It Out's 20th anniversary commemorations, with activity around this game highlighting the work done since the formation in 1993. The first match between the two sides came in 1977 and was also played at Bramall Lane, as England ran out winners with a solitary goal from Laurie Cunningham.
Hodgson and his coaching team will work with both groups of players in preparation for the two fixtures, then on Tuesday afternoon will travel to Sheffield with the squad with Ray Lewington and the Under-21 support staff.
At the same time Gary Neville and the Senior squad support staff will travel south ahead of the first senior meeting between the two oldest teams in international football since 1999.
England Under-21s first competitive fixture will be at Reading on Thursday 5 September
, when Moldova are the visitors for the first qualifier ahead of Euro 2015.
As part of The FA's 150th anniversary celebrations this fixture will also play a key part in highlighting an area of immense football history.
Sheffield FC, formed in 1857 and still in existence, is accepted by The FA and by FIFA as being the world’s oldest football club. Sheffield FC officials were present when The FA was formed at the Freemasons’ Tavern in 1863 and the club had become one of its earliest members by the end of that year.
Sheffield played London in the first-ever representative match in 1866 and a year later the Sheffield Association was the first Regional Association to be formed.
England Under-21s v Scotland ticket information
Tickets are priced at £10 Adults, £5 Concessions, £20 Family of four* (*T &Cs apply). For details call the Sheffield United ticket hotline on 0871 995 1889
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England Under-21s v Moldova ticket information
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*. To purchase tickets call 0844 249 1871.