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England Under-21s face two matches against top European opponents this month, taking on Portugal at home before a trip to France the following week.

Gareth Southgate's side are beginning their preparations for next summer's UEFA Euro U21s Finals in the Czech Republic, having qualified last month in a play-off against Croatia.

The Young Lions overcame their Balkan opponents 4-2 on aggregate, courtesy of a pair of 2-1 wins, both home and away.

BT Sport viewers will be able to watch both upcoming friendly matches, starting with a home fixture against fellow finalists Portugal at Burnley on Thursday November 13th.

The game kicks off at Turf Moor at 7:45pm and will be shown live on BT Sport 1.

Burnley forward Danny Ings could play on his home ground, alongside Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah - who is currently on loan to the Clarets.

Tottenham hot-shot Harry Kane, Derby County's highly-rated Will Hughes and West Ham loanee Carl Jenkinson are among the other young stars named in the squad for the game.

Five days after the Portugal game, England U21s travel to Brittany to take on France U21s in Brest.

The game - which kicks off at 8pm on Monday November 17th at the Stade Francis-Le Ble - will provide another stern test for the Young Lions.

France Under-21s reached the play-off stages of the Euros, but lost out to Sweden - despite carrying a 2-0 advantage into the second leg in Halmstad.

However, they will still have plenty of quality on show and promise to be a close match for Gareth Southgate's England side.

Fans will be able to watch the game live on BT Sport 1. The subscription service is available in standard and high definition, and is free online for BT broadband customers.

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