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England Return To Keepmoat Stadium

6 December 2012

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Doncaster is set to host an international football match early in 2013, it was announced today (6th December).


Doncaster Rovers are celebrating bringing the England U19s match against Denmark to the Keepmoat Stadium in February.


The club, who took over management of the Keepmoat Stadium in September this year, are making good on their promise to bring a variety of events to the town. 


England U19s head coach Noel Blake will be using the game as his first preparation ahead of the European Elite Qualifying Round matches in May. 


The draw for the Elite Round was made in Switzerland on Wednesday and the Young Lions will face 'Auld Enemy' Scotland, host nation Belgium and Georgia in May.

Only one team from the four will progress to the Finals in Lithuania next July, so Blake knows the challenges ahead and will be looking to continue his work with the squad at St. George's Park ahead of those games.


The Young Lions finished 2012 in November with a 1-0 victory over Finland, after previously topping their First Qualifying Round group in Estonia during September and October.


England's U19s were last at the Keepmoat in 2009 when they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in an Elite Round Qualifier by 2-0, with Doncaster-born Danny Rose scoring the winner as Brian Eastick's squad went on to reach the Final of the Euros in Ukraine later that year.


And they last faced Denmark just over a year ago when the Scandinavians were visitors to a sold-out Amex Stadium in Brighton, when Rob Hall's late goal was enough to secure a 1-0 victory.


England's Under-21s and Women's teams have both played there more recently, with Stuart Pearce's side losing to Greece in March 2010 and the Women featured at the Keepmoat against Serbia in November 2011.

The match is the first International fixture to be held at Keepmoat Stadium since Doncaster Rovers took over the management of the stadium and Doncaster Rovers are looking to work with all local partners to ensure the event is a success.

Rovers Chief Executive Gavin Baldwin said “We’re delighted to have been able to proactively secure an England game for Keepmoat Stadium and are pleased to be welcoming the FA back to Doncaster.  

“We remain committed to ensuring Keepmoat Stadium is a multi-purpose facility that can be used by all and hope that football fans from across South Yorkshire and further afield will come out to support our young England team.”

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