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England Face Serbia in Play Off

Pearce leads his squad into October’s play-offs having drawn one of the tougher sides.

England Under 21s will meet Serbia Under 21s in their two-legged European Championship play-off.

This is the final hurdle for Stuart Pearce’s men, who won their group on Monday night ahead of opponents Norway.

Defending champions Spain will face Denmark, who will have fond memories of the Danes as it was there that they won their 2011 title in Aarhus.

Germany, who tallied 28 points out of a possible 30 through qualifying, face Switzerland.

An impressive side at all youth levels, Netherlands will play Slovakia, who last qualified for the tournament in 2000.

Play-offs will be played on 12th October and conclude four days later where the seven winners over two legs will join hosts Israel for the 2013 tournament.

Gianni Infantino, UEFAs General Secretary said: “We consider it as the best opportunity to see, all together, the stars of the future – or rather, the stars of the immediate future. Remember that two of the Spanish title holders of 2011 – Javi Martínez and Juan Mata – became champions of Europe in Kyiv less than three months ago.”

Full draw

Spain v Denmark
Italy v Sweden
Czech Republic v Russia
Slovakia v Netherlands
Germany v Switzerland
England v Serbia
France v  Norway


About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.


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