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England U21s to host Germany at Vitality Stadium

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England will play host to Germany at Vitality Stadium as they continue their preparations for this summer’s UEFA European U21 Championship.

The Young Lions will take on the current European champions in Bournemouth on Tuesday 26th March (7.45pm kick-off), in the second of two home fixtures.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side will first face Poland at Ashton Gate, Bristol on Thursday 21st March (7.45pm kick-off).

Tickets are on sale now for both matches priced £1 for children (under 16) and adult tickets available at £10 in an early-bird offer which runs until 24 February (standard adult ticket £15). Group booking, charter standard and concession discounts also apply.

Tickets are on sale now via TheFA.com/Tickets, by calling 0344 576 1910 or in person at the stadium box office.

The Young Lions last played in Bournemouth as part of their qualifying campaign for the 2019 EURO. They beat Latvia 3-0 with goals from Damarai Gray, Tammy Abraham and Kasey Palmer.

England will face France, Romania and Croatia in Group C in this summer’s tournament, which is being hosted by Italy and San Marino.

Boothroyd said: “These matches will be really good tests for us against very tough opposition.

“The games will allow us the chance to get a gauge of two teams that we may face in the finals, as both have qualified for the Euros. It’s also a chance for us to look at new players, try new formations and continue the progress that we have been making.

“We’re grateful to AFC Bournemouth, Bristol City and Ashton Gate for allowing us to play in their stadiums. Having been in both before I know what special atmospheres they can create. We’re looking forward to showcasing some of our best young players and two good games in front of big, supportive crowds.”

AFC Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, said: “I’m delighted that Vitality Stadium will be hosting another England Under-21 international fixture.

“The game against Latvia last year was a fantastic occasion for both the club and the local area and with Germany coming to town this time, it promises to be another exciting night, with the opportunity to watch some of the best young players in Europe.”

England last played Poland in the group stages of the 2017 EURO, where a 3-0 win with goals from Demarai Gray, Jacob Murphy and a Lewis Baker penalty, booked their place in the semi-finals. The Young Lions then went on to face Germany, losing on penalties to the eventual tournament champions.

For more information please visit TheFA.com/England.

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