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Last Updated: Friday, 8 February 2008, 13:34 GMT
Wales to celebrate U21 landmark
Brian Flynn
Brian Flynn plans to celebrate Wales' under-21 showpiece
Wales will celebrate their 100th game at under-21 level with a battle of Britain friendly against England.

Young Wales will face Gabriel Agbonlahor, Theo Walcott and co at Wrexham's Racecourse ground on 15 May.

England under-21 chief Stuart Pearce agreed to youth boss Brian Flynn's request at a Uefa meeting last month.

Flynn's youngsters lead Uefa qualifying Group 10 as they bid to become the first Welsh team to qualify for a major finals since the 1958 World Cup side.

Wales manager John Toshack will allow the under-21 members of his senior squad such as goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and defender Chris Gunter to play in the showpiece friendly.

"I would not rule out some of the lads in the senior squad dropping back into the Under-21s for maybe one or two group matches," Toshack said earlier this week.

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"They will all have it explained to them what we are doing and why so nobody will need to feel that they have been pushed down into the Under-21s.

"If you take the Under-21 side that beat France plus the nine lads already in the senior squad still qualified, and we have 20 young players all coming through together at roughly the same age."

Toshack wants his young stars to play against England to maintain their match fitness ahead of Wales' full international summer friendlies with Iceland and Holland.

In 2002, the Welsh Under-21 team were described as the worst team in Welsh football history following a embarrassing run of no wins in 26 games.

But since Toshack appointed Flynn as his youth guru in December 2004, the under-21s and Wales' youth system has been revolutionised.

Young Wales have won their last four games, including a shock 4-2 victory against France, and have a shot at history should they qualify for the 2009 UEFA finals in Sweden.

We have lads coming through who are close to the first team squad but they will be needed for the Under-21s.

Wales' three remaining under-21 European qualifiers are against Bosnia in Sarajevo on March 26 before their double-header with Romania in the summer.

England under-21s are unbeaten in 21 fixtures and their victory over Ireland earlier this week means Pearce's side are all but certain of qualification for the European Championship play-offs.



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