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1 August 2016

Young Lions to host Bosnia and Herzegovina on 11th October...

England Under-21s will have home advantage in Walsall when the Banks's Stadium hosts their Euro Qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 11th October (5.45pm kickoff). 

After their long-haul trip to play Kazakhstan in the penultimate group game in early October, Gareth Southgate’s side will be at home for their final qualifying match here in Walsall.

After three wins and two draws from their first five games, England go into the final few games on top of the group and know that It is in their own hands to seal an automatic qualification spot for the Finals. 

England were held in Sarajevo last November at the sprawling Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium in the Bosnian capital but will be looking to end the home campaign on a high. 

So when they arrive in the West Midlands, they will be hoping the 4-0 scoreline against Sweden from their previous U21s game at Walsall in February 2013 can be repeated, with Tom Ince (2), Jonjo Shelvey and Connor Wickham scoring on that occasion. 

Walsall’s Director and Club Secretary, Daniel Mole, said: “It’s a massive honour to have been chosen to host the England U21s in their high-profile Euro Qualifier with Bosnia & Herzegovina. 

“We have been honoured to have a number of England representative squads here at Walsall Football Club over the years but it’s been a number of years since the U21s graced the Banks’s Stadium. 

“We’re looking forward to playing our part in what I’m sure will be an excellent occasion topped off no doubt with a Three Lions victory.” 

England will take confidence into their final few qualifiers from their success this summer at the Toulon Tournament, where five wins out of five secured a first title in the competition since 1994. 

Victories over Portugal, Guinea, Paraguay and Japan in the group stage set up the final against host nation France in Avignon, where goals from Chelsea pair Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek secured a 2-1 victory and the title. 

Tickets for the game costs £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, with a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for £20. 

Group bookings of 15 or more supporters can qualify for a reduced ticket at £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions. 

Charter Standard Clubs can claim ten free tickets and any additional tickets at the group booking price as outlined above.

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