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England lead finals lineup

Published: Thursday 31 March 2011, 22.24CET
Holders England are alongside hosts Serbia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Romania in the finals draw at Belgrade City Hall.
by Paul Saffer
England lead finals lineup
Belgrade City Hall will stage the draw ©UEFA.com
Published: Thursday 31 March 2011, 22.24CET

England lead finals lineup

Holders England are alongside hosts Serbia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Romania in the finals draw at Belgrade City Hall.

Holders England lead the lineup for the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Serbia from 3 to 15 May and the draw is made at Belgrade City Hall from 18.00CET on Tuesday.

The Czech Republic, Denmark, former winners France and Germany, two-time runners-up the Netherlands and first-time qualifiers Romania had already booked their places alongside the hosts by topping their elite round groups. And on Thursday, England beat Spain 2-1 in a repeat of the scoreline in last year's final to complete the lineup for the finals draw.

Serbia will be placed in Group A but otherwise the draw will be unseeded, forming two groups of four teams. The leading pair in each section will progress to the semi-finals on 12 May at Novi Sad's Karadjordje Stadium, which also stages the decider three days later. The top three in both groups will also compete at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico from 18 June to 10 July, though Switzerland's elimination in the elite round means they will not defend the title they won two years ago in Nigeria.

The contenders:
Serbia

Qualified as hosts
Best performance: quarter-finals 2002 (as Yugoslavia), eight-team final tournament 2006 (as Serbia and Montenegro), 2008
Players to watch: Marko Pavlovski (midfielder, OFK Beograd), Lazar Marković (midfielder/forward, FK Partizan), Dejan Meleg (midfielder, FK Vojvodina), Dejan Georgijević (forward, FK Zemun), Miloš Saka (midfielder, FK Partizan)

Czech Republic
Group 1 winners
Best performance: runners-up 2006
Players to watch: Lukáš Stratil (midfielder, FC Baník Ostrava), Robert Hrubý (midfielder, SK Slavia Praha), Luboš Adamec (defender, Juventus)

Netherlands
Group 2 winners

Best performance: runners-up 2005, 2009
Players to watch: Memphis Depay (midfielder, PSV Eindhoven), Anass Achahbar (forward, Feyenoord), Kyle Ebecilio (defender, Arsenal FC)

Denmark
Group 3 winners
Best performance: quarter-finals 2002, eight-team final tournament 2003
Players to watch: Viktor Fischer (forward, FC Midtjylland), Lucas Andersen (midfielder, Aalborg BK), Frederik Holst (defender, Brøndby IF), Kenneth Zohore (forward, FC København)

Germany
Group 4 winners

Best performance: winners 2009
Players to watch: Samed Yesil (forward, Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Emre Can (midfielder, FC Bayern München), Levent Aycicek (midfielder, VfL Wolfsburg)

England (holders)
Group 5 winners
Best performance: winners 2010
Players to watch: Nathaniel Chalobah (defender, Chelsea FC), Hallam Hope (forward, Everton FC), Raheem Sterling (midfielder, Liverpool FC)

France
Group 6 winners
Best performance: winners 2004
Players to watch: Quentin Beunardeau (goalkeeper, Le Mans FC), Sébastien Haller (forward, AJ Auxerre), Raphaël Calvet (defender, AJ Auxerre), Abdallah Yaisien (forward, Paris Saint-Germain FC)

Romania
Group 7 winners
Best performance: first qualification
Players to watch: Bogdan Ţiru (forward, Viitorul Constanţa), Claudiu Bumba (defender, FC Maramures Baia Mare), Darius Buia (midfielder, LPS Banatul Timişoara), Fabian Himcinschi (forward, Unirea Alba Iulia), Laurenţiu Brănescu (goalkeeper, Juventus)

Last updated: 28/01/12 4.04CET

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