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Villa Park hosts crucial U21 clash

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England's Under-21 European Championship play-off with Wales will be played at Villa Park.

The Football Association confirmed the venue on Tuesday, with the match set for Tuesday, October 14 at 7.45pm.

England will hope to seal their passage to next summer's finals in Sweden with a two-legged triumph over Brian Flynn's Welsh side, the first game being played in Cardiff four days earlier.

The FA have set ticket prices at £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s, which should ensure a healthy crowd for the game which coach Stuart Pearce is eagerly looking forward to.

"Wales are probably as strong as they have ever been at this level, with several players experienced in senior internationals," Pearce told thefa.com.

"Whenever the British teams meet there is always that special edge to the game, especially with the stakes being so high.

"It will be an exciting night at Villa Park and it's that sort of atmosphere that we want to create for the under-21s.

"The team showed against Portugal at Wembley last month that they relish playing in front of a big support and I can only see it helping them as a group."

Aston Villa will be well-represented with James Milner, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Craig Gardner all in the squad, with Milner and Agbonlahor full of confidence after scoring the goals which saw off Portugal in their final qualifying game.

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Internationals
Gabriel Agbonlahor
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James Milner
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