UEFA competition ambassador Jack Butland is urging the nation to get behind the Young Lions as England prepares to host the Under-17 European Champion for the very first time– with simply 50 days till the huge kick-off.
Tickets for the eagerly-awaited competition, which will be staged across ten match days at 6 locations in the Midlands and South Yorkshire from Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 20, are now on public sale.England’s group fixtures will be held at Chesterfield FC on Friday, May 4(7pm), Walsall FC on Monday, May 7(3pm )and Rotherham United on Thursday, May 10(7pm )*. Burton Albion, Loughborough University and St. George’s Park will also stage matches.Stoke City goalkeeper Butland, a crucial member of the England
side which won the tournament in 2010, thinks house support could be crucial to moving Steve Cooper’s existing crop all the way to the last in Rotherham on Sunday, May 20. Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Risk, Paul Pogba and Mario Gotze are just a few of the well-known
names to have appeared at previous editions of the Under-17 European Championship.And with tickets beginning with just ₤ 2 for kids and ₤ 4 for adults, fans of any ages can enjoy Europe’s future stars on their
doorstep at budget friendly prices.To mark the 50-day countdown, Butland amazed pupils at Burnwood Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent, by taking the Under-17 European Championship trophy into a Thursday afternoon assembly, where he was signed up with by social media influencer’Tekkerz Kid ‘. Butland, who was named in the 22-man team of the tournament in 2010, said:”The UEFA Under-17 European Championship is a fantastic opportunity to go and see the stars of tomorrow.”I have not been fortunate enough to play in a house competition for England so for these young England players to do that, it will be a huge experience and they can really reveal what they
are about.”With England dipping into Walsall, Chesterfield and Rotherham, it is a great possibility for fans to head out and support the Young Lions. We have an intense future in this nation and these gamers are at the heart
of that.”There is likewise going to be a lot of European talent on show in the matches at Loughborough University, St. George’s Park and Burton. “After the extraordinary success of England’s advancement groups in 2017 and interest in youth football at an all-time high, these are amazing times for the Young Lions.England, who also won the title in 2014 and ended up runners-up to Spain last year, have actually certified automatically as hosts.The Young Lions will discover their group challengers when the draw for the 16-nation competition happens at St. George’s Park on April 5. Butland, who was verified in Gareth Southgate’s senior squad today for the upcoming friendlies versus Holland and Italy, added:”Winning the Under-17 European Championship eight years earlier has actually been an enormous part of my profession. It is among my preferred moments in football.”We had a fantastic set of talent that year– and we do this year
too. For anyone to get to play in this major competition will be very unique.”From a senior viewpoint, we wish to follow that and reveal that we are blazing a trail. It is a good time for English football and it is great to see the young sides doing so well.” See the stars of tomorrow in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, May 4-20. Visit for tickets and more details.