Doncaster Rovers have been drawn against Derby County, Port Vale and Mansfield Town in Northern Group E of the revamped EFL Trophy.
This morning’s group stage draw included 16 Category One academies, including Leicester City, Chelsea, Southampton, Everton and West Ham United.
Derby are one of six Championship teams in the draw after a number of Premier League clubs - including Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur - turned down the Football League’s invitation to enter.
Each club will play each other once either home or away to determine which 32 teams go through to the knockout phase.
Rovers fixtures: Mansfield Town (a) - w/c August 29, Derby County (H) - w/c October 3, Port Vale (H) - w/c November 7.