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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep, 19, 2006

Coventry to host England's U-21 Germany match

England's Under-21s will play their European Championship play-off home leg against Germany at Coventry's Ricoh Arena on October 6.

The return leg will be played at Bayer Leverkusen's BayArena on October 10.

England sealed their passage to the final stage of qualification with a dramatic away 3-2 win over Switzerland in Lucerne earlier this month, topping a three-team group which also included Moldova.

Germany topped their mini-group with a 3-2 win away to Northern Ireland and a 5-1 win at home to Romania.

Under-21 manager Peter Taylor will be hoping his side can improve on their last meeting with the Germans - when they lost on away goals in qualifying for this year's tournament.

Taylor said: 'The Ricoh Arena is a magnificent new stadium and the perfect venue for a big match like this.

'England-Germany is a classic at any level and we know from last year how tough it will be.

'Germany always produce powerful, well-organised and technically accomplished teams that are very hard to beat.

'However, we're full of confidence after a great away win against a very good Swiss team and are looking to carry that form forward into the play-offs. Hopefully with a big, passionate crowd behind us we can get off to a winning start.'

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