Venues and dates confirmed for U19s UEFA Euro qualifiers

Saturday 12 Sep 2015
England U19s travel to Macedonia for their Euro qualifiers next month
Skopje will host England U19s' UEFA European Championship qualifiers against Macedonia, Finland and Italy in October.

The Young Lions, who returned to these shores this week after recording a 3-2 away victory over Germany and battling to a 1-1 draw in Croatia, will begin their quest for glory on Thursday 8 October.

U19s First Round Euro qualifiers

England v Macedonia
2pm, Thursday 8 October
FFM Training Centre, Skopje

Finland v England
2pm, Saturday 10 October
Boris Trajkovski Stadium, Skopje

England v Italy
2pm, Tuesday 13 October
Boris Trajkovski Stadium, Skopje

The FFM Training Centre in the capital city will host Aidy Boothroyd’s side for their opening first round qualifier against hosts Macedonia.

The Boris Trajkovski Stadium will then be the setting for the remainder of the trip, with England firstly facing Finland on Saturday 10 October before hosting their final match against Italy three days later.

The FFM Training Centre, also known as ASNOM Bulevar, has a capacity of 1,000.

The Boris Trajkovski Stadium is named after the country’s former president. It currently the home of FK Madzari Solidarnost and seats 3,000 people.

Next month’s qualifying round is made up of 13 groups of four teams. The top two from each qualify alongside the third-placed team with the best record against the top pair in their group to the Elite Round in spring.

Germany U19s 2-3 England U19s

The seven group winners of this will then secure their spot at next summer’s showpiece, alongside the host nation Germany who received a bye.

England will be looking to qualify for the finals of the tournament for the first time since 2012, where they were defeated 2-1 by Greece in the semi-finals.

Boothroyd is expected to announce his squad of 18 that will travel to Macedonia at the end of September.

By Gary Stonehouse Staff Writer