U21s set date for Croatia

Molineux Stadium, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers, will host England’s crucial UEFA Under-21s Championship play-off against Croatia.

The first game of the two-legged play-off will kick-off at 5.45pm on Friday 10 October.

After finishing unbeaten at the top of their group in qualifying, Gareth Southgate’s Young Lions were seeded in last week’s draw. 

England v Croatia

2015 UEFA U21s Championship
Qualifying play-off first-leg
5.45pm Friday 10 October 2014
Molineux Stadium

They will first meet Croatia at home before playing the away leg on Tuesday 14 October with a place in next summer’s Finals in Czech Republic up for grabs.

It is a momentous year for Wolves as they are celebrating the 125th anniversary of Molineux and a big crowd is expected. The Under-21s last played in Wolverhampton in 2008 when they faced Poland in front of over 28,000 fans.

Tickets for England Under-21s v Croatia go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 17 September priced just £10 and £5. You can get yours via the Wolves Ticketline phone on 0871 222 1877 or buy online here.

There are also ticket deals for groups. FA Charter Standard clubs can book up to 25 tickets here, while other groups can buy up to 15 tickets for a reduced cost here

Wolves season ticket holders can pick them up for half price. 

Gareth Southgate speaks to his England Under-21s squad during training

Gareth Southgate will take his team to Wolverhampton

Three Lions head coach Gareth Southgate said: “It’s a very important game for us and I’m delighted Wolves have agreed to host it.

“Molineux is a special stadium with fantastic fans, and it would be great to a get a big crowd to support the team against strong opposition.

“We would have preferred to kick-off later, but I hope that supporters from across the Midlands will still be able to get to the game as we look to qualify for next summer’s finals in the Czech Republic.”

Due to UEFA regulations the game will kick off at 5.45pm.

The Football Association did request a later kick-off, but UEFA insisted all matches must kick off no later than 5.45pm (6.45pm Central European time) in line with other nations, and avoid clashing with senior qualifying fixtures being played elsewhere in Europe that night.

Roy Hodgson’s England senior team will play San Marino at Wembley 24 hours earlier.