England will kick-off the UEFA European U17 Championship on home soil against Israel, following Thursday’s draw.
All 16 nations that have qualified for the finals, which England are hosting for the first time at venues across the Midlands and South Yorkshire from May 4-20, attended the draw at St. George’s Park.
Steve Cooper’s Young Lions head up Group A alongside Switzerland, Italy and Israel, with their first game taking place at Chesterfield FC on Friday 4 May (7pm).
Their second game will be against Italy at Walsall FC on Monday 7 May (3pm), before they head to Rotherham on Thursday 10 May (7pm) for their final group match against the Swiss. Tickets for all three England games are on sale now.
The draw was made by England’s record goalscorer and tournament ambassador Wayne Rooney, who starred at the annual competition in Denmark back in 2002, and UEFA’s Youth & Amateur Football Committee Chairman John Delaney.
Three more venues – Burton Albion, Loughborough University and St. George’s Park – are also hosting fixtures.
The UEFA European Under-17 Championship Final will be played at Rotherham United on Sunday 20 May.
Fans of all ages can watch Europe’s future stars on their doorstep at affordable prices, with tickets starting from just £2 for children and £4 for adults.
See the stars of tomorrow in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, 4-20 May 2018. Visit www.TheFA.com/U17Euro for tickets and further information.
The full draw:
Group A: 1 England, 2 Switzerland, 3 Italy, 4 Israel
Group B: 1 Slovenia, 2 Norway, 3 Portugal, 4 Sweden
Group C: 1 Republic of Ireland, 2 Bosnia & Herzegovina, 3 Denmark, 4 Belgium
Group D: 1 Serbia, 2 Netherlands, 3 Germany, 4 Spain