ENGLAND’S stars of the future will make their international bow at the JD Stadium on Friday night for the first time since being crowned European champions.
And head coach Neil Dewsnip is relishing the chance to return to a ground where he saw a young Michael Owen rise to prominence.
Many of the players who led England U17s to victory over Holland in the final of the Euros in May will be turning out against the same opposition at Bury’s ground for the U18s on Friday.
“I can recall watching a number of England development games here at Bury over the years, including being here to see a young John Curtis of Manchester United score a great goal against Scotland from about 35 yards in 1997,” said Dewsnip.
“Michael Owen also scored here against Portugal in the same year. It will be nice to come back and re-visit a place, which has always been supportive of us.”
Phil Neville, who has been working with the England youth set-up, picked out Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman and captain Ryan Ledson as ones to watch.
“I know a lot of people in the game have had a lot of very nice things to say about young Woodman, and I have seen what Ryan can do first-hand at Everton,” said Neville.
Tickets for the game, which kicks off at 7.30pm tomorrow, cost £3 for adults and £1.50 for u16s and are available from the Bury ticket office or by calling 0871 221 1885.