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Friday 29 Sep 2023
U21s to play England at Goodison Park

Northern Ireland’s Under-21 men’s team will face England’s U21s at the home of Everton FC in November.

It has been confirmed that Goodison Park is to host Northern Ireland’s away game against England in their UEFA U21 Euro 2025 qualification campaign.

The encounter with the reigning European champions at Everton’s ground is due to be played on Tuesday 21 November (19.45 kick-off).

England are the top seeds in Group F for the qualifying series. The group also features Ukraine, Serbia, Azerbaijan and Luxembourg alongside Northern Ireland.

Tommy Wright’s team began their qualification campaign earlier this month with a 1-0 home defeat to Luxembourg and a 1-0 defeat against second seeds Ukraine. That game was played in Slovakia.

The U21s are due to play Azerbaijan away on Thursday 12 October before they take on Serbia, third seeds in the group, at home on Monday 16 October.

Their final match of the qualifying series in 2023 will be the game against England at the Premier League ground in Liverpool.

Next year’s qualifiers will see the U21s take on Serbia away on Tuesday 26 March, however they will then have to wait until September for their next competitive outing.

England are scheduled to visit Northern Ireland on Friday 6 September and Ukraine will provide the opposition at home on Tuesday 10 September.

The U21s are set to complete their campaign with two matches in October 2024. First up they will welcome Azerbaijan to Northern Ireland on Saturday 12 October and then they are off to Luxembourg for a game on Tuesday 15 October.

The 52 entrants involved in qualifying are competing for 15 places at the final tournament in Slovakia in the summer of 2025. Slovakia automatically qualify for the tournament as hosts.

England won the 2023 edition of the U21 Euros. The final tournament was staged in Georgia and Romania in June/July. England defeated Spain 1-0 in the final, which was staged at the Adjarabet Arena in the Georgian city of Batumi.