Rotherham United: Millers hope to get England U21 game

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Rotherham United hope the success of this week’s England U18 international will lead to another prestige game for the New York Stadium.

The Football Association were impressed with all aspects of the club’s staging of the England-Germany U18 game and were delighted to get a crowd topping 9,000.

The FA have now held a Women’s international and an England age group fixture at English’s football’s newest ground and it seems likely that the stadium will come into strong consideration for an England Under 21 game and they are confident it would fill the 12,000 capacity ground.

Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA Director of Football Development, headed up the FA delegation with the stadium, the way the club have handled matters and, importantly, the excellent playing surface making a big impression.

“I was at the game, there were a lot of important footballing people there, many Academy Directors from top clubs here and Germany, including Bayern Munich, and I can tell you that the people I spoke to were really impressed and they couldn’t believe the condition of the pitch and that is important when clubs and countries look for somewhere to play their players.”

Rotherham United go to newly-promoted Wolves today with Molineux expecting a 30,000 crowd, the best there for over 30 years.