22nd Oct, 2017

Gareth Southgate's young Three Lions set for Ricoh Arena return

Steve Carpenter 19th Aug, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

INTERNATIONAL football will return to the Ricoh Arena once again later this year when England Under-21s take centre stage in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Gareth Southgate’s young lions will face Kazakhstan in their Group 9 qualifying match on October 13.

England start their qualification with an away game in Norway on September 7 before heading to the Ricoh for their first home match on the road to Poland where the Under-21 Championship will be held in 2017.

Leighton Baines scored the only goal of the game as England beat Germany the first time they played at the Ricoh back in October 2006 in the first leg of their European Under-21 Championship qualifier play-off.

And there were plenty of goals when they returned three years later to overcome Macedonia 6-3 in 2009 in a qualifying group game.

“It’s a great opportunity to take the junior national teams to a Football League ground,” said Southgate.

“It’s a fantastic stadium and they create a really good atmosphere, so hopefully we can contribute to that with a good performance in October.

“Hopefully, the squad that we’ll be naming over the next couple of months will be an exciting one for people to come and watch.

“And it’s a chance for those fans who don’t get to see us play at Wembley to see an England side in action at their home ground.”

Tickets for the match are now on sale and are priced at £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and a £20 family ticket for two adults and two children. Tickets can be purhcased at ricoharena.com or by calling 024 7678 6411.

Sky Blues season ticket holders will be able to take advantage of two-for-one tickets.

“There are plenty of talented players in Gareth Southgate’s squad and this is the perfect opportunity for football followers from across the Midlands to come and see the Young Lions in action in Coventry,” said Andy Gibb, managing director of the Ricoh.

“The next generation of exciting England players will be in action and we hope as many people as possible will come along and make plenty of noise.”

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