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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying

Carrow Road (ATT 25,749) 8th October 2010 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: P Tagliavento

England U21 England U21 vs Romania U21 Romania U21

England U21 2

J Henderson (63)
C Smalling (83)

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Romania U21 1

R Bertrand (og 70)

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Pearce's side just 180 minutes from Euro 2011 U21 finals

Last Updated: 08/10/10 10:51am

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Pearce: Romania test

Pearce: Romania test

England Under-21s tackle Romania Under-21 on Friday night with both teams just 180 minutes away from a place at the 2011 European Championship finals.

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The first leg is being played at Norwich City's Carrow Road and a partisan crowd is expected with the match in East Anglia being sold out.

The return leg will be played in Romania next Tuesday in the northern outpost of Botosani, while next summer's finals are being staged in Denmark.

England arrive in good form having qualified for the play-offs as one of the best runners-up thanks to a 3-0 victory over Lithuania in Colchester last month.

Romania topped their group, however, getting the better of Russia and winning eight of their 10 fixtures.

Team news

England U21 boss Stuart Pearce will be without defenders Micah Richards and Kieran Gibbs, who both played in the 2009 final when England lost to Germany.

Pearce is also without reserve goalkeeper Alex Smithies of Huddersfield Town, although he can call upon the services of Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere.

Manchester City defender Kieran Trippier was handed his maiden England Under-21 call-up by Pearce due to absentees in his backline.

Romania are boosted by the return of captain Gabriel Torje. The FC Dinamo Bucuresti striker missed the last two group games after his own promotion to the senior ranks.

Emil Sandoi will, however, be without injured strikers Liviu Ganea and Mihai Costea for the first leg, though the latter could be back for the return leg next Tuesday.

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    Fri 8th Oct - Play-Offs
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Tables

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England U21 8 22
2 Moldova U21 8 13
3 Finland U21 8 12
4 Wales U21 8 10
5 Lithuania U21 7 7
6 San Marino U21 9 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark U21 8 20
2 Russia U21 7 16
3 Slovenia U21 8 11
4 Bulgaria U21 8 8
5 Estonia U21 7 8
6 Andorra U21 8 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Holland U21 5 13
2 Slovakia U21 6 13
3 Georgia U21 7 8
4 Scotland U21 6 7
5 Luxembourg U21 6 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Four

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain U21 6 18
2 Austria U21 6 12
3 Hungary U21 6 6
4 Bosnia U21 6 6
5 Albania U21 8 6

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Five

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia U21 7 16
2 Switzerland U21 6 12
3 Ukraine U21 4 7
4 Latvia U21 5 6
5 Liechtenstein U21 6 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany U21 6 14
2 Montenegro U21 6 11
3 Romania U21 6 9
4 Rep of Ireland U21 7 8
5 Faroe Islands U21 7 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Poland U21 7 15
2 Greece U21 6 12
3 Turkey U21 6 10
4 Sweden U21 6 10
5 Malta U21 7 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Portugal U21 6 18
2 Israel U21 5 9
3 Norway U21 7 9
4 Macedonia U21 6 4
5 Azerbaijan U21 6 4

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Serbia U21 6 13
2 Belgium U21 7 13
3 Italy U21 6 12
4 Cyprus U21 6 6
5 N Ireland U21 7 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 6 18
2 Iceland U21 6 12
3 Kazakhstan U21 7 9
4 Armenia U21 6 6
5 Belarus U21 7 3

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eleven

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sweden U21 2 6
2 Denmark U21 2 3
3 Macedonia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Twelve

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bulgaria U21 2 6
2 Ukraine U21 2 3
3 Croatia U21 2 0

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Thirteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Israel U21 2 4
2 Turkey U21 2 2
3 Wales U21 2 1

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen

European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France U21 2 6
2 Slovenia U21 2 3
3 Scotland U21 2 0

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