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England U21 v Austria U21 live from Amex Stadium

LIVE: England U21 v Austria… follow all the action from the Amex Stadium

Charlie Skillen


19:15 GMT, 25 March 2013



19:44 GMT, 25 March 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of England U21's clash with Austria at Brighton's Amex Stadium, with kick-off at 7.45.

Having wrapped up a record eighth win on the bounce – every one a clean sheet – with a comfortable 3-0 win over Romania on Thursday night, Stuart Pearce's men are going for cloud nine tonight.

It's the final chance for England's young lions to impress in a bid to make this summer's European championships in Israel.

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19:43 …and here's God Save the Queen.

19:41 Kick-off is in about five minutes, we're just hearing the Austrian national anthem…

19:39 Stuart Pearce just spoke to ESPN before the game about the side's lead-up to the match and the make-up of tonight's team:

'We've had a brilliant week,' said Pearce.

'After Thursday, the way the players have been in training has been outstanding.

'We need to top off the week with a good result and a good performance here.'

On not selecting usual captain Jordan Henderson for tonight's starting line-up:

'I know what Jordan can do. He's an outstanding player and leader of men at this level and I'm not sure how much I would learn from playing him here.

'It was more important to keep Nathaniel Chalobah in the side after what he did on Thursday.'

That seems like Henderson is a certainty to be part of a growing Liverpool contingent in Pearce's squad.

19:26 And let's not forget – victory here will be Stuart Pearce's side's ninth on the spin. Friday's triumph over Romania sealed a record eighth win, and the young Lions have achieved that without conceding a single goal. More of the same tonight, please…

19:25 The action for England U21s this summer in Israel kicks off on June 5 when they face Italy, before playing Norway on June 8 and facing the hosts June 11. Performances in this game will be key to making up the squad that travels to the tournament.

19:18 So Wilfried Zaha is not in the squad tonight – but he's a dead cert for the European Championships squad. He's returned to Crystal Palace for dental work. This gives a chance for the more borderline players to make an impact before Stuart Pearce names his squad for the summer tournament in Israel.

19.15 Evening everyone, and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of England U21s clash with Austria.

Kick-off is in about half an hour, but let's start with tonight's line-up:

England Jason Steele, Andre Wisdom, Danny Rose, Jason Lowe, Tom Lees, Craig Dawson (capt), Andros Townsend, Nathaniel Chalobah, Connor Wickham, Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling.

Subs Adam Smith, Jack Butland, Jack Robinson, Nathaniel Clyne, Michael Keane, Jordan Henderson, Josh McEachran, Nathan Delfouneso, Marvin Sordell, Tom Carroll.

Romania Richard Strebinger, Florian Neuhold, Kevin Wimmer, Tobias Kainz, Michael Sabitzer, Raphael Holzhauser (capt) Robert Zulj, Patrick Farkas, Simon Piesinger, Lukas Spendlhofer

Subs Christoph Riegler, Christian Schilling, Martin Ziegl, Daniel Offenbacher, Michael Grogoritsch, Mattias Maak, Dominik Starkl.

Young gun: Nathaniel Chalobah is making his second start for the U21s

Young gun: Nathaniel Chalobah is making his second start for the U21s

Unexploded World War Two bomb scare at Youth Winter Olympics

Unexploded WW2 bomb causes Youth Winter Olympics medal ceremony postponement

The discovery of an unexploded World War Two bomb forced the postponement of Thursday's medal ceremony at the Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck.

The bomb was discovered during construction works in the Austrian city, causing the ceremony to be rescheduled to Friday.

The device has now been defused, with Thursday's scheduled concerts eventually going ahead.

Pyrotechnics: The opening ceremony was thankfully the only explosive show on display

Pyrotechnics: The opening ceremony was thankfully the only explosive show on display

A statement on Innsbruck 2012's Facebook page read: 'Due to the discovery of an aerial bomb from World War II during construction works at Bozner Platz, Innsbruck, today's Victory Ceremony at Medals Plaza has been rescheduled to tomorrow and the concerts of Tanz Baby! and Kommando Elefant have been cancelled.'

An updated message read: 'BOMB IS DEFUSED – CONCERT WILL TAKE PLACE.'

A spokesman from the British Olympic Association said it was just the medal ceremony that was affected.

Pretty: Innsbruck in the winter

Pretty: Innsbruck in the winter

He said: 'We are not involved in the medal ceremony.

'I understand all competitions are going ahead.'

He said there was no chance of the Great Britain team withdrawing from the competition.

Reports in Austria claimed streets were closed and houses evacuated while experts worked to defuse the bomb.