Roberto Martinez has welcomed Evertonians to watch the next generation of talent in the flesh as Goodison Park hosts the Under-21s’ clash with Sunderland on Monday.
Supporters of all ages are invited to experience the magic of the Grand Old Lady completely free of charge when David Unsworth’s young Blues tackle their counterparts from the north-east in the Under-21 Premier League.
The game kicks off at 7pm, with supporters able to get tickets from the Goodison Road Box Office up until 6pm.
“We welcome this sort of environment for our young players,” he said. “It was great to see the Premier League International Cup play at Goodison last Tuesday, which was a very good game against Celtic. Now we have another one against Sunderland.
“I think the players will enjoy showing what they are able to do. Being able to do that at Goodison is perfect for their development. It would be great if we could create an environment with the crowd that helps them.
“It is a great chance for our youngsters to show how close they are to our first team.”
There will be a whole host of festive activities for families to enjoy before the game gets underway, including the popular Fan Zone presented by Graeme White and Jennifer Jewell, with Blue Crimbo-themed giveaways and entertainment, food stalls providing hot food and drinks and the EA SPORTS FIFA 15 dugout.
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