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iPro Stadium to host England Under 21s' match with Wales in March 2014.

Derby County are to stage their sixth England Under 21 international fixture in early 2014.


The Football Association has selected the iPro Stadium as their preferred venue for the 2015 European Under 21 Championships Qualifier between England and Wales on Wednesday 5th March 2014 (6pm kick-off).

Derby has hosted five England Under 21 matches in the recent past and have attracted strong crowds on each occasion.


The Rams’ impressive track record has prompted the Football Association to bring the Under 21 side back to Derbyshire for the first time in seven years for the mouth-watering home nations clash with their Welsh counterparts. 


There’s also an added incentive for Rams fans to attend the game too as Academy product Will Hughes and on-loan defenders Andre Wisdom (Liverpool) and Michael Keane (Manchester United) are currently part of the England Under 21 squad, who top their Qualification group with five wins and a draw from their opening six matches. 


Meanwhile in the Wales camp there are also two links as full-back Kieron Freeman, who is currently on loan at League 1 Notts County, is a member of the Wales Under 21 squad – which is managed by former Derby player Geraint Williams. 


Tickets for the game will go on sale from 9am on Tuesday 3rd December 2013, priced at just £10 for Adults and £5 for Under 18s. These can be purchased in person from the Digonex Ticket Office, by calling 0871 472 1884 (option 1) or by visiting WeAreDerby.com


Group bookings for local schools and sports teams, for 12 people or more, are also available upon request through the Derby County Group Tickets team from £5 for Adults and £2.50 for Under 18s by calling 0871 472 1884 (Option 1, Option 3) or via email at grouptickets@dcfc.co.uk


Downloadable Group Ticket & Charter Standard booking forms can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate words.


Derby County President & Chief Executive Sam Rush said: “We’re all absolutely thrilled that the Football Association has chosen Derby County to host the Under 21 match between England and Wales in March.


“When I arrived at Derby in January one of our main objectives was to bring an England Under 21 international match back to the iPro Stadium, as we have proved in the past we can successfully stage these type of occasions.


“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our fans as well to see some of the top English talent in the Under 21 system and with the game being against Wales as well, there’s a bit of added spice.”


He added: “We have a hugely impressive attendance record for England Under 21 matches and we’re determined to maintain it; so we’ll all be working hard to pull in a big crowd for a what is certain to be a great match.”


The Rams’ home first staged an England Under 21 international back in 1999 when they defeated France 2-1 in friendly before a crowd of 32,865, and pulled in 30,155 spectators for a 1-1 draw with Germany the following year in a Euro Qualifier.


12 months on a 1-0 win over Holland in a Euro Playoff attracted 32,418 and in 2006 33,184 came to watch a 2-1 friendly defeat to the same opponents.


Derby’s last England Under 21 international was in 2007 as 28,295 came to watch a 2-2 friendly draw with Spain.

Read more at http://www.dcfc.co.uk/news/article/derby-to-stage-england-under-21-game-1211682.aspx#YzOKlg54WQF1b9a2.99

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many adults would struggle to get there you think they make it 7pm kick off time.

For the U21 game v Norway at Chesterfield last year the FA had block booked a whole section of the ground for distribution to local schools. Derby are also advertising big discounts for group bookings for schools and other kids groups, this is why there is always a very high proportion of young kids at these U21 games and probably is a factor in the early kick off time. Personally I think this is a great way to give kids an opportunity to experience a big game, although my ears are still ringing from the last one !

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