Gareth Southgate says he is looking forward to seeing his England U21 side have their credentials tested at Turf Moor this month.
The Three Lions host fellow Euro Finalists Portugal as focus turns towards preparing for next summer’s tournament in Czech Republic.
And with Portugal winning all ten of their games in qualifying, including a comprehensive play-off victory against Holland in October, Southgate believes it will be his side’s toughest match yet.
“The game against Portugal at Turf Moor will be a really good test for us,” he said.
“I think they will be one of the best teams in the Finals next summer so it will be a really good benchmark for us.
“We want matches that are really going to challenge us because we’ve got to look to improve between now and next June, rather than just tread water and wait for next summer to come around.
“I’m looking forward to seeing us play at Turf Moor.
“I’ve been on quite a few scouting trips to Burnley over the last year or so, with Danny Ings being involved with us and now with Nat Chalobah and Michael Keane here on loan.
“I always think there’s a fantastic atmosphere and it’s a passionate town who really support their club well and I know there’s massive support for England in the town as well.
“I know of the pride that the whole town took when we first picked Danny for England and when he made his debut, so we’re looking forward to it.
“It’s a very warm and friendly club whenever I go and I’m sure we’ll get a good attendance for what will be a really attractive game.”
Following England’s play-off against Croatia, which saw a 4-2 aggregate win for Southgate’s side, planning for the Finals next June has already begun.
With the Portugal game first up, the squad will then head to France for what will be another competitive match in Brest.
And with the qualification process over, the work and development of Southgate’s side now takes on more importance, rather than the results.
“The fixtures against Portugal and France and those next March are important for us,” he added.
“What we do in between those games and in the meet-ups we have is important, but everything is geared around really stretching ourselves in those games.
“There’s a good chance that we won’t win all of these games, but I’m not afraid of us getting beaten.
“I think what we will learn from the games and the way that we play and what we work on in the meet-ups will be just as key as the results in the next couple of matches.
“We looked at how we could get experience against some of the best nations and France will be another of those, despite missing out in the play-offs themselves last month.“
Prices for this fixture are as follows:
Family ticket: £20 – 2 adults and 2 children
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