CHESTERFIELD: Spireites proud to host England U-21 match

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CHESTERFIELD will host England Under-21s’ European Championship qualifier against Norway on Monday, September 10, it has been confirmed.

Chief executive Chris Turner said: “This will be Chesterfield’s biggest night yet of international football so we are delighted that the FA has chosen the B2net Stadium.”

U-21 boss Stuart Pearce. with his team seven points clear in Group Eight, said: ”The next two games are crucial to our ambition of reaching Israel for the finals in 2013. We have lost only one game in qualifying, in Belgium, and I am very keen for it not to happen again.

“A win in Azerbaijan (in the week before the Norway game) might be enough, but two wins will mean we are in the play-offs.

“We’d love to see the people of Chesterfield fill out their stadium and help us achieve our ambitions. I am sure they will, as they deserve to see the U-21s in action after supporting our younger development teams as well as they have.”

Tickets are on sale and cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. The match will kick off at 7pm.

The B2net hosted two back-to-back schools finals this week. In the National U-13 Cup for girls, Warden Park from Mid Sussex lost 3-1 to Stratford-upon-Avon High, and Merseyside beat Essex 3-1 in the boys U-14 Inter-county Trophy.

John Appleby, English Schools FA chairman, said; “It was a special day and these finals do not take place without the hard work of many people. We are extremely grateful to everyone involved for their continued support of schools’ football, including the support from Chesterfield, and the provision of first-class facilities at the B2net Stadium fit for a national final.”