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Bristol City to host England Under-21s

Stuart Pearce
Pearce took over as England Under-21 boss in July 2007

Bristol City will welcome back international football on 10 August when England Under-21s face Uzbekistan in a friendly at Ashton Gate.

The last time the Under-21s were in Bristol, in August 2007, 18,500 fans watched England draw 1-1 with Romania.

City's managing director Doug Harman told BBC Radio Bristol: "We're absolutely delighted to be welcoming the Under-21s back to Ashton Gate.

"A lot of hard work has gone into gaining another showpiece fixture."

He added: "Stuart Pearce brought his team here three years ago and was very complimentary about the arrangements we had made and the state of the pitch.

"He said that if he had the opportunity to bring them down again he would. Hopefully the Bristol public will turn out in force just like they did three years ago.

We're confident we're going to see some real stars of the future

Bristol City managing director Doug Harman

"It's a real showcase occasion for us. It's good for the profile of the football club and it's good for the city of Bristol.

"It's crucially important that we attract as many schools and other organisations to Ashton Gate. They can experience international football and hopefully they will become long-term Bristol City fans as a result."

England Under-21s have a good record in Bristol, having first played there in 1985 when Turkey were beaten 3-0 then Italy suffered a 1-0 defeat eight years later.

James Milner and Joe Hart, now members of the England squad in South Africa, both played in the match against Romania and Harman is hoping that fans will be watching some of the country's most promising talent on display in August.

"We're confident we're going to see some real stars of the future," he added.



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