Deepdale welcome for Under-21s
By Jamie Bradbury
Sunday, 27 March, 2011
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England Under-21s trained at Deepdale on Sunday ahead of their game with Iceland at Preston North End on Monday evening (click here for ticket details).
As Stuart Pearce's side arrived, they were welcomed into the stadium by members of Beaumont College in Lancaster, which is run by disability charity Scope.
But it wasn't just a chance meeting as the England players, including James Tomkins, Scott Sinclair, Ryan Bertrand and Josh McEachran brought with them a bag full of Three Lions shirts, which they signed for their fans, and posed for pictures, before getting out on the pitch to prepare for Monday's game.
Graeme Pyle, Principal at Beaumont College in Lancaster, thanked the players for their time. "We had a brilliant time today," he said. "It was great to see the Under-21 squad engaging so well with the students and it was good of them to pose for photos and sign autographs and England shirts.
"Many thanks to The FA and Preston North End for giving us the opportunity and all the best to the squad for the match against Iceland tomorrow".
Photos from Sunday's session at Deepdale
| Joe Bennett meets students Beaumont College in Lancaster|
| Connor Wickham poses for a photo with one of the students|
| Shirt signing at Deepdale|
| Scott Sinclair, Jordon Mutch, Adam Hammill and Ryan Bertrand meet the students|
| Deepdale - venue for England Under-21s v Iceland on Monday|
| Sir Tom Finney's seat portrait watches the Young Lions|
| Team talk from the gaffer|
| Jordon Mutch in his first session with the Under-21s|
| Adam Hammill listens on in his first time with Pearce's team|
| Stuart Pearce looks on|
| Ben Amos waits for a cross in his debut session|
| Connor Wickham in full flight|
| Nathan Delfouneso shows his skills|
Tickets for the game at Deepdale are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children.
To buy visit the ticket office at Deepdale, call 0844 856 1966 or online at www.mypne.com .
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