England U20s and U16s set for October trips to Europe

Tuesday 22 Sep 2015
The England U20s line-up to face Czech Republic earlier this season
Both England Under-20s and Under-16s will face three overseas matches each in international tournaments next month.

The U20s, now under the charge of Keith Downing, will be contesting in the U20 Elite Cup being held in Germany where they will face the host nation, Netherlands and Turkey over the course of a week.

U20 Elite Cup

Netherlands v England: 7 October
Turkey v England: 10 October
Germany v England: 13 October

And Dan Micciche’s U16s squad will head to France to take part in the 17th annual Tournoi International, which is held in Val de Marne just outside Paris.

There the Young Lions will face France, Netherlands and Japan over the course of five days as they continue to take their first steps in the international game.

Downing’s side, who began their season with two games against Czech Republic earlier this month, will be based close to the city of Ulm for their games which start on Wednesday 7 October when they take on the Dutch at the nearby Arena Heidenheim.

They will then play Turkey three days later at the Donaustadion in Ulm, the birthplace of Albert Einstein, before they return to Heidenheim for the final match of the competition with Germany on Tuesday 13 October.

England coach Dan Micchiche

Dan Micciche takes the U16s to France in October

For the U16s, their first match is on Tuesday 27 October against Japan at the Stade Didier Pironi in Limeil Brevannes, before they tackle the Dutch at the Stade Marcel Laveau in Boissy St Leger two days later.

The final match for Micciche’s youngsters comes on Saturday 31 October when they play France at the Leo Lagrange sports complex in Bonneuil sur Marne.

These new dates are in addition to the upcoming Euro qualifying trips for England’s other development teams over the next few weeks.

Tournoi International

Japan v England: 27 October
Netherlands v England: 29 October
France v England: 31 October

Steve Cooper’s U17s travel to Portugal in late September for their first qualifying round fixtures, where they are pitted against San Marino on 29 September, Armenia on 1 October and the host nation on Sunday 4 October.

And U19s head coach Aidy Boothroyd takes his to Macedonia for their first qualifying round, where they play the host nation on 8 October, Finland on 10 October and then Italy in their final match on 13 October.

You can follow the fortunes of all England's development teams via the official @England Twitter account or right here on TheFA.com

By Nicholas Veevers