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Southgate looking forward to Shrewsbury

12 November 2013

Over 7,000 tickets snapped up for England U21 game

England under-21 head coach Gareth Southgate has hailed the Greenhous Meadow as a "great place to play" ahead of the appearance of the country's top young players in Shrewsbury next week.
Over 7,000 tickets have already been sold for England's UEFA European Championship under-21 qualifier against San Marino at the Greenhous Meadow next Tuesday night. The match kicks off at 6pm.
It is the second part of a home double-header for Southgate's side who also face Finland at MK Dons this coming Thursday evening.
"The two venues that we're going to are great places to play at," said Southgate. "Ticket sales have been excellent already so they're going to be terrific venues for us to play at."  
Southgate's side beat Lithuania 5-0 at Ipswich's Portman Road in their last qualifier and the squad picked for the game at Shrewsbury is packed with exciting talent from the Premier League. 
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha, Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson, West Ham's Ravel Morrison and West Brom's Saido Berahino are all among the rising stars included. 
"I have to say that working with the under-21s has been very pleasing for me so far and I’ve been happy with the way we have played," said Southgate. 

"We faced San Marino and Lithuania last month, which resulted in two wins for us, and we played some really good football, so hopefully we can add to that here in Shrewsbury.

"Our first game in October was against San Marino s over in Serravalle and it was all about our attitude and application in that game. 

"We knew we had the ability to win the match, but it was a matter of breaking them down and if we could show the right application, which we certainly did to win the game 4-0."
Southgate added: "I think we have to expect San Marino to line-up in a similar way to the game last month. They played with five in defence and four midfielders in front of them, so I don’t see that changing in this game.

"It was actually a corner and a penalty which led to our first two goals in San Marino and that shows the importance of quality set-plays which can’t be under-estimated." 
Tickets are available from the Greenhous Meadow priced £10 for adults and £5 concessions while family tickets which cover two adults and two children are priced £20.
Tickets can also be purchased by phone by calling (01743) 273943 and online at
For anyone wishing to take advantage of group bookings for 15 people or more (no age restrictions and bookable in advance only) the cost is £5 adults and £2.50 concessions.
To apply for these tickets, please complete a group booking form available from the club website and return it to the Ticket Office at Shrewsbury Town Football Club, but hurry as the deadline is 5pm today (Tuesday).   
It's also the final day for charter standard clubs eligible for up to 25 complimentary tickets on proof of membership to make their applications.  

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