Lee Carsley's team to kick-off new season with trip to Romania before U21 EURO qualifying campaign begins against Kosovo in Milton Keynes. England men's under-21s will head to Milton Keynes next month to face Kosovo in their opening game of the new U21 EURO campaign.
Stadium MK will play host to the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier on Tuesday 7 September 2021 (7pm BST).
The match will be Lee Carsley’s first home match in charge and his competitive debut as head coach of the Young Lions, having been appointed to the role last month.
And this new crop of players will be looking to guide England to their ninth successive U21 EURO finals, with the 2023 edition to be staged in Romania and Georgia.
Ironically, the game comes a few days after the squad's first game of the new season, which is a friendly match with the Romania at Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest on 3 September (7pm BST).
Stadium MK is no stranger to staging international fixtures since it opened in 2007. This will be the fifth time the venue has welcomed the MU21s having also previously hosted the MU19s once and England Women’s seniors on two occasions.
The home of MK Dons will also be one of the ten venues at next year’s UEFA Women’s EURO in England.
Carsley said: “I’m looking forward to taking an England team back to Milton Keynes and the top-class venue that is Stadium MK.
“One of the benefits of the MU21s is that we’re able to take the team around the country regularly so this is another great opportunity to showcase the national team to a different community who hopefully come out in force to cheer us on.
“I’m also confident that the fixture won’t disappoint. As they have already proven across their national teams, Kosovo will provide a tough test and it promises to be an entertaining encounter."
As well as Kosovo, England are placed in qualifying group G alongside Albania, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Andorra.
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