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Pre-season friendlies announced for Under-21s

Newcastle United Under-21s will take on Elche CF, Blackburn Rovers Under-21s and Sheffield United Under-21s ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

United's youngsters will fly out to Spain on Tuesday, 12th July for a six-day training camp, facing La Liga outfit Elche on Saturday, 16th July.

The game will take place at the 3,500-capacity Pinatar Arena near Murcia, a venue in which United's first-team completed friendlies against CSKA Moscow and Royal Antwerp at in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Kick-off is set for 7pm local time.

Elliott Dickman's side will then face an away trip to Blackburn on Wednesday, 20th July (kick-off 2pm BST), playing at Rovers' Academy, before hosting their Sheffield United counterparts at Newcastle's Little Benton Academy on Wednesday, 27th July (kick-off 1pm BST). 

From the start of the 2022/23 season, Premier League 2 will become an under-21 competition.

Therefore, the amendment to the age limit, which was previously under-23, has been introduced as part of an ongoing review of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) to better align with the EFL Trophy and international competitions. 

Newcastle United Under-21s pre-season schedule:

Saturday, 16th July – Elche (Pinatar Arena, 7pm kick-off EST)

Wednesday, 20th July – Blackburn Rovers Under-21s (Blackburn Academy, 2pm kick-off BST)

Wednesday, 27th July – Sheffield United Under-21s (Newcastle United Academy, 1pm kick-off BST)

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