Rotherham United: Another international on cards as Millers and New York Stadium win FA praise

Goal celebrations at New York Stadium
Goal celebrations at New York Stadium
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Rotherham United could be in line to stage an England Under-21 match after another night of international success at New York Stadium.

The England U-19s side beat Italy 3-0 on Friday in front of more than 9,000 fans, and the Millers’ hosting of the occasion has won praise from the Football Association.

U-19s manager Sean O’Driscoll, former boss of Doncaster Rovers, said: “The players thoroughly enjoyed it. The the noise was fantastic and it’s a step up for them.

“The Rotherham crowd were fantastic and everybody appreciated it.”

He thanked fans and said playing in front of such a large audience would only benefit his young stars.

Millers media chief Matt Young said: “It was another memorable New York Stadium international occasion.

“It’s the third fixture we’ve hosted and each one has been more high profile than the last.

“It was great to see so many young fans and families there. The England team were excellent and it was good to watch some of the stars of the future in action.

“Rotherham United are very proud to host these kind of games. We’d like to thank the FA for choosing us and hope there are more to come in the future.”

Among the spectators at last week’s clash, which came only seven months after NYS was the venue for an England v Germany U-18s showdown, was England U-21s boss Gareth Southgate, and a fixture in Rotherham for his squad could be on the agenda.

There were some empty seats on Friday, even though the game had been officially labelled a sell-out beforehand. Some tickets had gone to schools and junior clubs who didn’t use their full allocation, but the attendance was still an excellent 9,125.

Meanwhile, Millers centre-half Kari Arnason, who missed the November 8 derby at Sheffield Wednesday with a toe injury, was in the Iceland side which lost 2-1 in the Czech Republic on Sunday in a Euro 2016 qualifer.

Iceland are now second in Group A, three points behind the Czechs.