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Young Lions aim for top spot

Posted on 10 September 2012  - 12:06

Four of our players hope to play a part as England Under-21s aim for top spot in European Championship qualifying tonight.

Young Lions aim for top spot

Steven Caulker, Danny Rose, Adam Smith and Harry Kane are all in Stuart Pearce's squad for the final group match against Norway at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium. Kick-off is 7pm.

A draw will be enough for the Young Lions to win the group but they will go through to the play-offs for next summer's finals as one of four best runners-up even if Norway win the game and leapfrog them at the top.

Steven was on target in Friday's 2-0 win at Azerbaijan and is determined to go out with a bang.

"We go into every game hoping to win," he told the "It'll be a tough test but on a surface we're used to and in front of home supporters, it's a game we're looking forward to."

It could be a big night for Jordan Archer and Scotland Under-21s.

Having secured second place with Friday's 3-0 win against Luxembourg, they have to beat Austria to have a chance of taking one of the four best runners-up spots in the play-offs.

Away from Under-21s, Emmanuel Adebayor scored a valuable last-minute equaliser for Togo in Gabon in the first leg of Africa Cup of Nations qualifying. The second leg is in October.

There are 15 play-offs for 15 teams to join hosts South Africa in the finals in January and February next year.

Sandro is in the Brazil squad for a friendly against China in Sao Paolo on Monday night.

Kenneth McEvoy played 90 minutes as Republic of Ireland Under-19s drew 1-1 against Latvia in a friendly on Saturday.