Barnsley to host England under 21 friendly against Belarus

Oakwell will host England under 21 against Belarus on June 11
Oakwell will host England under 21 against Belarus on June 11
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England will round off their preparations for the European Under-21 Championship with a friendly against Belarus at Barnsley.

Oakwell will host the match on June 11, with local lad John Stones likely to be in the squad. Three days later Gareth Southgate and his squad fly to the Czech Republic for the Euros.

John Stones in action for England under 19 against Denmark at Doncaster in 2013

John Stones in action for England under 19 against Denmark at Doncaster in 2013

Their first group game comes on June 18 when they face Portugal.

Southgate will name his squad for the tournament at a press conference at St George’s Park next Wednesday.

A number of players with full England caps are expected to be named in the squad as the Football Association (FA) thinks it is vital for the country’s best young players to have experience of tournament football.

The FA said the squad will meet in “early June”. A definitive date is yet to be announced.

John Stones in action for Barnsley against Sheffield Wednesday

John Stones in action for Barnsley against Sheffield Wednesday

An England under 21 side, which featured among others current Sheffield Wednesday coach Nicky Weaver, John Terry and Gareth Barry, played at Oakwell in 2001, winning 4-0 against Finland.

Then in 2011 they were back, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sparkling in a 4-1 victory over Israel. The England team that night featured Ross Barkley and Connor Wickham.

England U21 Manager Gareth Southgate

England U21 Manager Gareth Southgate