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March fine-tuning for U21 finalists

All eight sides that will compete at the finals in the Czech Republic are in friendly action this month, many of them against each other as preparations for June intensify.

Germany host Italy later this month in a standout friendly
Germany host Italy later this month in a standout friendly ©Getty Images

The eight contenders for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship step up their preparations for this summer's tournament in the Czech Republic with a series of friendlies against each other this month.

With the exception of Sweden, all of the teams competing at the finals, which run from 17 to 30 June, have two warm-up games scheduled between 26 and 31 March. The Czechs will take on England and Portugal respectively at Stadion Letná and Stadion Eden, the two Prague venues that will be used for the tournament. Other highlights include Germany – in Group A alongside the hosts, Denmark and Serbia – tackling both five-time U21 winners Italy and the Azzurrini's Group B rivals England, the nation they defeated 4-0 in the 2009 final.

26 March
Portugal v Denmark – Marinha Grande, 18.00CET

27 March
Czech Republic v England – Prague, 20.30CET
Germany v Italy – Paderborn, 20.00CET
Serbia v Sweden – Novi Sad

30 March
England v Germany – Middlesbrough, 20.45CET
Italy v Serbia – Benevento, 21.00CET

31 March
Czech Republic v Portugal – Prague, 18.00CET
Denmark v United States – Lyngby, 19.00CET

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