England Qualifier at Walsall FC


After England U21's long-haul trip to play Kazakhstan in the penultimate group game in early October, Gareth Southgate’s side will be at home for their final qualifying match when Bosnia & Herzegovina are the visitors to the Banks’s Stadium in Walsall on Tuesday 11 October.

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After three wins and two draws from their first five games, Gareth Southgate’s side go into the final few games on top of the group and know it’s in their own hands whether they seal an automatic qualification spot for the finals. They’ll be looking for a repeat of the win they enjoyed over Norway last September when a penalty from Captain James Ward-Prowse was enough to seal the points in Drammen in what was their first game of the new campaign.

Walsall’s Director and Club Secretary, Daniel Mole, said: “It’s a massive honour to have been chosen to host the England U21s in their high-profile Euro Qualifier with Bosnia & Herzegovina.

“We have been honoured to have a number of England representative squads here at Walsall Football Club over the years but it’s been a number of years since the U21s graced the Banks’s Stadium.

“We’re looking forward to playing our part in what I’m sure will be an excellent occasion topped off no doubt with a Three Lions victory.”

England will take confidence into their final few qualifiers from their success this summer at the Toulon Tournament, where five wins out of five secured a first title in the competition since 1994. It’s also a return to the Essex venue for the Under 21s for the first time since 2011, when they beat Iceland 5-0 thanks to goals from former U’s player Marvin Sordell, Martin Kelly, Craig Dawson and Gary Gardner (2).

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, with a family ticket (two adults, two children) for £20. Group bookings of 15 or more supporters can qualify for a reduced ticket at £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions. FA Charter Standard Clubs can claim 15 free tickets and any additional tickets at the group booking price.

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