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England U17s to face Netherlands, France and Sweden at Euro Finals in Ireland in May

Thursday 04 Apr 2019
England finished top of their elite round group in Denmark last month, to seal their place in the Euro Finals

England U17s will play the Netherlands, France and Sweden at the UEFA European U17 Championship Finals in Ireland this May.

Steve Cooper's team, who qualified for the Finals last month after topping their elite round group, were placed in Group B at Thursday's draw in Dublin.

And that means they face current U17 EURO holders Dutch, who won in England last year, as well as the junior French and Swedish teams.

"We're obviously in a strong group but you expect nothing less in this tournament," said Cooper, after the draw.

"We're fully aware that to do well we'll have to play better than and beat the best opposition in Europe. We're really looking forward to the challenge and will be fully prepared and excited to come to Dublin.

"France and Netherlands are always really tough games and we won't underestimate Sweden as they're difficult to play across all the age groups. But our main focus will always be on ourselves and our performance and we believe if we get it right we can do very well in this tournament.

"For us it always goes back to short and long term. In the short-term, it's a tough challenge for us and we'll need to play well from the start to progress in the tournament.

"In the long-term, it's a fantastic opportunity for our players developmentally to face some of the best teams in their first UEFA Finals and all of the tests, challenges and scrutiny that comes with tournament football.

"We were fortunate to come out to Ireland for a prep camp last year and see the enthusiasm and hard work that is going into staging this tournament. We know from hosting it ourselves last year what effort goes into putting on the Euros and know Ireland will do a great job next month."

The competition takes place between 3 and 19 May and sees 16 nations challenging for the title with four groups of four drawn out and the top two from each progressing into the quarter finals.

Not only that, but there are five places at this year's U17 World Cup up for grabs, with all four semi-finalists automatically qualifying and the two losing quarter finalists with the best records meeting in a play-off for the coveted fifth spot.

The draw

Group A: Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece
Group B: Netherlands, France, England, Sweden
Group C: Iceland, Portugal, Hungary, Russia
Group D: Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels