Chesterfield FC chairman: ‘It was a real honour to have Stuart Pearce’s England U21s at the Proact Stadium’

England Under-21s v Norway at the Proact Stadium, Chesterfield 'Connor Wickham against Thomas Rogne
England Under-21s v Norway at the Proact Stadium, Chesterfield 'Connor Wickham against Thomas Rogne

Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen said it had been a real honour for the club to host an international, as England U21 beat Norway at the Proact stadium before a near capacity crowd.

Mr Allen said: “ Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen said: “To be given the opportunity to stage a competitive international match is a real honour for the club.

“The FA officials who attended were very impressed with the facilities and the hospitality they received.

“It was great that the match was a sell-out because it made for a good atmosphere.”

The victory saw young England gained the point they needed against second-placed Norway to top their group at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, in front of a close on capacity crowd.

The win ensures they are seeded in the draw for an easier tie next month as they look to qualify for the 2013 UEFA Under-21 Championship Finals in Israel.

After a somewhat stale and nervy opening, with the ball not being retained particularly well by either side, Sunderland’s £8 million striker, Connor Wickham, reacted quickly to pounce on a defensive error to slide the ball beyond Arild Ostbo in the visitor’s goal.

It marked his first goal at this level.

England boss Stuart Pearce said: “Norway came out of the traps fantastically well.

“It wasn’t a convincing performance by us, but we improved a bit at the start of the second half and to win seven out of eight games and to top the group, I’m pleased with that.”

Among the England entourage was former Chesterfield skipper Sean Dyche.

The ex-Watford boss, who holds a UEFA Pro Licence, was invited to be part of the build-up by one-time Nottingham Pearce.