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Carrow Road to host England Under-21s

Carrow Road to host under 21 fixture Credit: Empics

England Under-21s will stage the first leg of their play-off for next summer's European Championship at Carrow Road, the FA have announced.

Norwich City's stadium will host Stuart Pearce's side as they take on Serbia on Friday, October 12 (kick-off 6pm).

Details of the Under-21s' second leg have still to be announced, although it will almost certainly take place four days later.

The play-off sees England attempt to secure a fourth straight finals appearance after they won their qualifying group.

School celebrates old boy's new job with England

The Alastair Cook Room at the Bedford School Credit: Neil Bradford, ITV Anglia

Staff at Alastair Cook's former school are celebrating after their ex-pupil was named new test Captain of the England Cricket team.

Peter Sherwin Master in charge of cricket: "The Bedford School boys will be delighted at the news. They'll all be talking about it when they return in September.

"They're proud of the fact he is an old boy and they love the fact he's stayed in touch. He's already such an inspiration to them, but now he holds the top job in English cricket,they'll be over the moon"

Assistant Head teacher at Bedford School said:

"The school and the rest of Bedford are immensely proud of his appointment to England Test captain. It is thoroughly well deserved. He has worked hard to achieve his goal from a very young age. He is a regular visitor to the school and we look forward to welcoming him again".


Canary pair in England U21 squad

Declan Rudd: Named in U21 squad Credit: Nigel French, EMPICS

Norwich pair Declan Rudd and Ryan Bennett have been named in the England U21 squad for the final European Championship qualifiers in Azerbaijan and Norway.

Former Ipswich Town forward Connor Wickham has also been named in Stuart Pearce's squad.

The full squad is:

Ben Amos (Man Utd), Declan Rudd (Norwich), Jason Steele ('Boro); Ryan Bennett (Norwich), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Ben Marshall (Leicester) Danny Rose (Spurs), Adam Smith (Spurs); Jordan Henderson (Liverpool),

Thomas Ince (Blackpool), Henri Lansbury (Forest), Jason Lowe (Blackburn), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Jack Rodwell (Man City), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace); Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Connor Wickham (Sunderland), Martyn Waghorn (Leicester).


Norwich goalkeeper makes England debut

John Ruddy made his England debut last night Credit: PA

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy has made his England debut.

He came on for the second half of the friendly against Italy last night, which England won.

They were 1-0 down in the first half and Ruddy produced a couple of good saves to keep the Azzuri at bay.

He kept a clean sheet in his first 45 minutes in an England shirt and goals from Phil Jagielka and Jermain Defoe ensured a 2-1 win for Roy Hodgson's men.

Hodgson: Keeping Ruddy up his sleeve

Jack Butland trains with John Ruddy Credit: PA

England boss Roy Hodgson tells ITV Sport that Norwich Keeper John Ruddy is likely to feature in the second half of the friendly against Italy.

Hodgson said that Butland got the nod ahead of the Canary Number One because he'd had longer to gel with the squad.

He said Ruddy would be "Kept up his sleeve" ready to bring on in the second half.

Norwich goalkeeper expected to make England debut

John Ruddy training with England team mate Jack Butland. Credit: PA

Norwich City goalkeeper, John Ruddy is expected to make his England debut tonight as Roy Hodgson's men take on Italy in a friendly in Switzerland.

England exited Euro 2012 after they lost on penalties to tonight's opponents just seven weeks ago.

John Ruddy was not part of the England squad that day. He was forced to return home after breaking his finger during training in the run-up to the tournament.

With number one goalkeeper Joe Hart out of contention and manager Roy Hodgson expected to give fringe players a run-out, Ruddy will almost certainly play a part as England try to avenge that Euro 2012 defeat.

The game will be shown on ITV1 tonight, kick-off is at 8.00pm.

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