Southgate's Young Lions set to be backed by over 21,000 fans

Saturday 14 Mar 2015
The Riverside will host England U21s v Germany
Middlesbrough will be out in force to back England Under-21s at the Riverside Stadium later this month with over 21,000 tickets snapped up already.

Gareth Southgate’s Young Lions welcome Germany to the Riverside Stadium on Monday 30 March, kick-off 7.45pm, as part of the countdown to this summer’s European Championship Finals.

With just over two weeks to go until the clash, supporters of the high-flying Championship side have been quick to embrace the opportunity to see some of England’s brightest prospects in action on their home turf.

England v Germany

Under-21 international
7.45pm, Monday 30 March
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Ticket hotline: 0844 499 1234
Buy online: Click here

Young Lions boss Southgate, who captained Boro throughout the most successful period in the club’s history, before taking the reins as manager in 2006, is delighted to be returning to his former stomping ground.

“It’s nice to be coming back. It’ll be nice to see some familiar, friendly faces at a time when the club are going well,” he said.

“I think the crowd does give the players a lift. A lot of them play in the Premier League so they’re used to playing in front of a crowd and it definitely gives the game an extra edge when they get it.

“At Wolves for our game with Croatia we got 25,000 and it really had a good effect on the team because we want to play good football, pass the ball and attack teams. 

“The game against Germany is a good test because some of the teams we’ve played haven’t been able to stop us and they’re going to pose us different problems – that’s what we need to go through as a team before the summer really.”

Boro fans could also have the opportunity to see two of the club’s best performers this season, Ben Gibson and Patrick Bamford, wearing the Three Lions.

If you want to show your support for Southgate’s side then tickets can be purchased from the ticket office at the Riverside or by calling 0844 499 1234. Tickets are also available online

By Gary Stonehouse Staff Writer