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Damien Comolli is thrilled at the prospect of the Under-21 side of his native France taking on England at White Hart Lane on Friday November 11, kick-off 7.30pm.

Damien Comolli is thrilled at the prospect of the Under-21 side of his native France taking on England at White Hart Lane on Friday November 11, kick-off 7.30pm.

The fixture is the first leg of a play-off tie for a place in the finals of the UEFA European Under 21 Championships, which will take place from May 25 to June 6, 2006.

France qualified for the qualifying play-off stage by topping Group 4 with 19 points from eight games, with Peter Taylor's England side finishing just adrift of Germany in Group 6.

The match-up presents a mouthwatering prospect and the Sporting Director revealed it is an encounter the Club were very keen to bring to the Lane - not least for the England Under 21 connections within our own squad.


"As soon as we saw the draw we thought it would be very exciting for us to stage this game," said Damien. "We have got three England Under 21 internationals in the squad and for our fans we felt it would be great to host the home leg.

"Obviously, for young players, White Hart Lane is a very exciting venue for them to play for their country which is why we tried to get the game and we are delighted to have it.

"From a personal point of view, the fact the match is against France makes it even better - but that is very personal!

"For our young players who get the chance to play in this fixture it will be fantastic for them to play at home in such a big game. It is really thrilling."

Damien went on to report that the age-group teams in France continue to provide worthy potential candidates for the full national team as they seek to reproduce the success of 1998 and 2000.

"In France, each year there is a new generation coming up and this year we are all watching players born in 1990, which is very young," he added. "Every year people say this generation is better than the previous one - but is difficult to assess why.

"What I can say is there are good young players coming through again and again in France, like in other countries around Europe. France won the Under 19 championship this summer in Northern Ireland and I feel there is more to come from that side.

"I think this Under 21 group are good and it will be a very entertaining game.

I saw England in their two games against Poland and Austria and I feel it will be a competitive game between two talented sides

"The French team is built around the generation of players born in 1984 who were crowned world champions at Under 17 level a few years ago. The two leading players in the team at the time were Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Anthony Le Tallec - the Liverpool players.

"Five of the players from that team are now playing for the Under 21s and have been joined by other players with a lot of talent. It makes it a very competitive side."

Look out for Damien's 'Four to Watch' in the French Under 21 side and his prediction for the game on this week.

The match takes place on Friday, November 11, kick-off at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at a great value £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (under-16s, over-65s) and fans are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available on-line by clicking HERE, by calling the Spurs Ticketline on 0870 420 5000 or in person from the Park Lane Ticket Office, Monday to Friday 10am-6pm.


The Club would like to remind supporters coming to the England U21 game at the Lane on Friday to arrive early. We anticipate a large crowd for the UEFA Under-21 Championship play-off game and although a sizeable percentage of those coming to the match will be Spurs fans, a significant number of those coming on Friday will not used to the difficulties in getting to White Hart Lane on a matchday.

A 7.30pm kick-off coupled with London and Friday traffic will also make the roads around the ground busier than normal so to avoid any disappointment, we would urge supporters to arrive early.