England Under-21s to face Czech Republic in Prague

Wednesday 14 Jan 2015
England Under-21s will face Czech Republic on Friday 27 March
England Under-21s will get an early taste of Czech Republic in March, when they face the host nation of next summer’s Euro Finals.

It will be the first game of 2015 for Gareth Southgate’s side, as they continue to prepare for the Finals in June with another big test.

Czech Republic v England

Under-21s International Match
Kick-off TBC, Friday 27 March 2015
Letna Stadium, Czech Republic

And this fixture will give the group an idea of what to expect later this year, with the game taking place at the Letna Stadium in Prague on Friday 27 March.

Home of Czech giants Sparta Prague, it is one of the main venues for next summer’s tournament and the game takes place three days before the Three Lions return home to face another fellow Euro Finalist Germany at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

"We feel that playing top quality opposition will provide a vital learning experience,” said Southgate.

"As the host nation, the Czechs will see this as a good chance to really test themselves against a fellow finalist and as one of the venues being used in the Finals, it should be a great test for us.

"Once we had qualified, we wanted to play games against top nations and after Portugal and France in November, these games will be another important challenge.”

Southgate’s side were drawn out in Group B for the Finals, alongside Portugal, Italy and Sweden, and will play their group fixtures in Uherske Hradiste and Olomouc.

Both Czech Republic and Germany are alongside Serbia and Denmark in Group A, with their matches taking place at the Letna Stadium and Eden Stadium in Prague.

Tickets for that fixture, which takes place on Monday 30 March, are on sale now. Click here for more details.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels