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FA delighted with England game at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium

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When it was announced that Doncaster Rovers would host an U19 international, their Chief Executive Gavin Baldwin said “We’re delighted to have been able to pro-actively secure an England game for the 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 Doncaster will come out to support our young England team.”

Both he and the FA have to be delighted that ticket sales for the game on February 5th have gone well with a crowd of over 10,000 now expected. That's far more than Rover's average for a League 1 game this season.

The England U19 Head Coach, Noel Blake  named his squad for nethe game with Denmark earlier in January. He selected an 18-man group for the fixture, as part of the plans for May's Elite Qualifying Round in Belgium.
 
The Young Lions face Belgium, Georgia and Scotland in the qualifiers, with only one team from the four progressing to the summer's Euro Finals in Lithuania.
 
So Blake will be taking this chance to look at his players, and with another game scheduled for March, he expects competition for places to be fierce by the time the qualifiers come around.
 
He said: "It’s certainly a strong and experienced year group when everyone is available
 
"We are quite an experienced squad with the likes of Eric Dier, Hallam Hope, Nathan Redmond, John Lundstrum and Nathaniel Chalobah all playing in last year’s U19s European Championship Finals in Estonia.
 
"There is good competition for places in the squad and the ever-increasing depth of talent means there are a lot of players who can consider themselves unlucky not to be selected. 

"As I have said before, it’s a nice problem to have and one that we would like to have all the time."
 
Most of Blake's squad for this game have already been capped at U19 level and below, but there is one new face in the shape of Northampton Town goalkeeper Dean Snedker.

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