England U17s ready to host FA International Tournament

Thursday 21 Aug 2014
England final game will be against Italy at Burton

England U17s will be hosted by Chesterfield, Kidderminster Harriers and Burton Albion later this month when The FA U17 International Tournament kicks-off the new campaign.

The Young Lions welcome Italy, Portugal and Czech Republic for the competition, which pits each nation against the other in a total of six games with the ultimate table-toppers taking home the trophy.

John Peacock’s side will be in action for the first time on Wednesday 27 August when Czech Republic are the opposition at Aggborough Stadium in Kidderminster.

England's fixtures

  • Czech Republic (27 August in Kidderminster)
  • Portugal (29 August in Chesterfield)
  • Italy (31 August in Burton)

Two days later, England host Portugal at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield on Friday 29 August before the games are wrapped up on Sunday 31 August when the Young Lions face Italy at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton.

The sides will be based at St. George’s Park during the week, with non-England fixtures also being held at Alfreton Town and Tamworth FC.

An annual tournament held by The FA, the matches will be the first under U17s head coach Peacock for the new campaign and act as preparation for the First Qualifying Round of the Euro championships which take place in Cyprus in October.

Peacock led England U17s to glory in last season’s competition, beating the Netherlands in May’s final in Malta with many of those players having featured in last summer's competition - when Portugual were the winners.

“It’s always a good opportunity to test ourselves against some of the top nations at this age group level and we’re looking forward to it as always,” said Peacock.

“This will be the first season in a competitive UEFA tournament for the players and getting used to playing a four-group schedule like this is important in preparing us for the tests ahead.”

Tickets cost £3 for adults and £1.50 for U16s per game and can be purchased through each of the relevant host clubs with further details for group and Charter Standard booking forms are available below.

FA U17s International Tournament full fixtures and ticket details

Wednesday 27 August
Portugal  v  Italy, 3pm, Alfreton Town
England v Czech Republic, 7.30pm, Kidderminster Harriers 
Tickets via 01562 823931 or info@Harriers.co.uk

Friday 29 August
Italy v  Czech Republic, 3pm, Alfreton Town 
England v  Portugal, 7.30pm, Chesterfield
Tickets via 01246 488232 or tickets@chesterfield-fc.co.uk

Sunday 31 August
Czech Republic v Portugal , 3pm, Tamworth 
England v  Italy, 3pm at Burton Albion   
Tickets via 01283 565938 or ticketing@burtonalbion.co.uk

By FA Staff