Wales go to Portugal for UEFA U17 Championship qualifying round
International
13 September 2016

Wales go to Portugal for UEFA U17 Championship qualifying round

Wales U17 go to Portugal for the 16th UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2016/17 Qualifying Round between 16 and 21 September. 

Think Portugal and Welsh international football and thoughts immediately turn to the night of what might have been in Lyon just a couple of months ago when Wales' UEFA EURO 2016 campaign came to an end at the semi-final stage. However, the Under-17 side now have the opportunity to make amends as they head to Portugal for the UEFA Under-17 2016/17 qualifiers.

The tournament will start for Wales against Scotland before David Hughes' young Dragons meet host nation Portugal a couple of days later and then end the campaign against Malta.

Wales hosted the qualifiers last year at Dragon Park in Newport and claimed a famous 2-1 victory over the Netherlands on their way to qualifying for the Elite round. Brandon Cooper, who remains part of the squad, scored both goals in the win.

However, despite beating host nation Croatia 2-0 in their opening Elite round match through goals from Ben Woodburn and Liam Cullen, defeats against Portugal and Sweden prevented Wales building on their early group advantage, and they once again failed to make it to the finals.

Wales recently hosted Hungary for two friendlies at Newport Stadium in preparation for the qualifiers, drawing the opening match 2-2 and suffering a 2-1 defeat in the second match.

This is where the road to the 16-team 2016/17 Finals in Croatia begins for 52 of the 53 teams.

The qualifying round is made up of 13 groups of four countries. Portugal are hosting Group 10, which contains Wales along with Scotland and Malta.

The top two from the group progress alongside the five third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their respective groups.

Those that progress will enter the Elite Round, which will be held in early spring.

U17 Fixtures - Tournament

WALES U17 SQUAD

Adam Przybek (West Bromwich Albion)

George Ratcliffe (Cardiff City)

Pablo Martinez (Reading)

Ben Cabango (Swansea City)

Ryan Reynolds (Everton)

Ben Erickson (Swansea City)

Rhydian Williams (Swansea City)

Ethan Ampadu (Exeter City)

Brandon Cooper (Swansea City)

Ryan Stirk (Birmingham City)

Sion Spence (Cardiff City)

Elliot Thorpe (Tottenham Hotspur)

Dylan Levitt (Manchester United)

Jack Vale (Blackburn Rovers)

Kieran Holsgrove (West Bromwich Albion)

Rabbi Matondo (Cardiff City)

Mason Jones-Thomas (Swansea City)

Brandon Oddy (Norwich City)