Norwich City’s youngsters handed draw for second Premier League International Cup campaign

Norwich City's Under-21 manager Dmitri Halajko (left) will take charge of the club's second Premier

Norwich City's Under-21 manager Dmitri Halajko (left) will take charge of the club's second Premier League International Cup bid. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's Under-21 squad will once again feature in the Premier League International Cup this season.

The Canaries' development side took its place alongside Chelsea, Borussia Moenchengladbach and eventual finalists, Portugal's Porto, in Group A of last term's inaugural competition.

Norwich picked up one victory from their three games, over Moenchengladbach at Carrow Road, and missed out on the quarter-finals by a single point.

This time around City have been drawn in Group C alongside Leicester, Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and Spain's Villarreal.

According to the Premier League website, Norwich will begin their campaign at Carrow Road on Wednesday, September 2 with PSV the visitors (7pm). Next to Norfolk will be Villarreal on Wednesday, October 7 before City head to the Foxes' King Power Stadium on Tuesday, October 20.

Teams in each group will be play each other once, which must take place in England, with the tables completed by December 23.

Defending champions Manchester City feature in Group D alongside Sunderland, Spain's Athletic Bilbao and Germany's Moenchengladbach.

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Group A sees Chelsea and new arrivals Liverpool pitted alongside Celtic and Portuguese outfit Benfica, while Tottenham's arrival in the competition places them with Everton, Porto and German side Schalke in the final group.

Up to three outfield players and each side's goalkeeper are allowed to be over the age of 21 during the competition.

'The cup provides exactly the sort of high-level competitive opportunities for the 18-21 age group that we had in mind when we launched the Elite Player Performance Plan in 2012,' said Premier League director of youth, Ged Roddy.

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