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LADS KICK-OFF VIAREGGIO TOURNAMENT

Our youngsters have travelled to Italy for the prestigious Viareggio tournament and kick-off the event on Monday afternoon.

Our youngsters have travelled to Italy for the prestigious Viareggio tournament and kick-off the event on Monday afternoon.

Also known as the Coppa Carnevale, it's an Under-20 tournament involving 48 teams including 29 from Italy and another 19 from all the over the world.

All the Serie A giants are represented - the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Lazio, Roma - while we are joined by the likes of AS De Camberene of Senegal, New York Stars, Pumas of Mexico and River Plate of Argentina.

The teams are split into 12 groups of four with 16 to qualify for the knockout stages.

The groups are played in a round-robin format, so all teams play a minimum of three games each.

We are up against Genoa, APIA from Australia and Cisco Roma of Italy's Serie C2 and the current home of Paolo Di Canio.

We kick-off the whole tournament against Genoa at the Stadio dei Pini, Viareggio, this afternoon (Monday January 28, 3pm local time) in a match televised live on Italian TV. We then play Cisco Roma at Empoli on Thursday and APIA at Ponsacco on Saturday.

"It's the first time we've been invited to this tournament and it will be a fantastic experience for our younger players," said development coach Clive Allen.

We have taken a squad of 22 to Italy including Dorian Dervite, continuing his comeback from a serious knee injury and Danny Rose, recently included in the first team squad and on the bench against Sunderland.

Squad: Button, Riley, Hughton, Livermore, Martin, Archibald-Henville, Hutton, Rose, Pekhart, Dawkins, Maghoma, Jansson, Berchiche, Kasim, Fraser-Allen, C Butcher, Dervite, Mason, Obika, Cox, Hutchins, Mtandari.