Carrow Road to host England U21s

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England Under-21s will play the first leg of their European Championship play-off against Romania at Norwich next month, the Football Association have confirmed.

Stuart Pearce's Young Lions secured one of the best-placed runners-up berths after finishing their group campaign with back-to-back victories over Portugal and Lithuania.

Carrow Road has hosted three Under-21s matches in the past, all ending in wins.

Pearce hopes the compact atmosphere inside the npower Championship venue can help drive his team on towards the finals in Denmark.

"The game is massive for England and massive for our young players to give them some cutting edge experience of big international football matches at a great venue," Pearce told the FA's official website.

"We have had some decent results at Norwich before and we have always been helped by a very passionate support.

"The atmosphere they create at Carrow Road, where the fans are really tight in to the pitch, generates some great noise and we will want to recreate that with a big crowd there."

After the first leg in Norfolk on Friday October 8, kick off 7:30pm, Pearce will take his squad out to Romania for the deciding match on Tuesday October 12.

The England Under-21s coach added: "We are looking forward to the game, but we know it is going to be tough.

"The Romanian's have qualified strongly against some good opposition. We will need to be really well supported on the night so I would urge everyone to come along and see us in action."

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