England C boss Paul Fairclough is expecting another top-quality opposition when his team take on Estonia at the Shay tonight (Tuesday, 7,30pm, free admission).
The clash is the final International Challenge Trophy match of the campaign for the Three Lions, who cannot qualify from their group after defeat in Turkey last month.
Town duo Matt Pearson and Marc Roberts both played in that game, although Roberts is understood to be a doubt for tonight’s match with an injury.
Fairclough admits his team, which is made up of the best under 23 players from the non-league, has been up against some daunting fixtures, with other nations using the format as a way of giving game time to more senior players.
He explained: “The tournament is being used differently by the other teams.
“We formed the competition a few years ago and won it in the first year.
“But what’s happened is that nations have identified it as perfect for their under 21 and under 23 teams, so the opposition are made up of the fall-out from the senior teams.
“There were guys playing for Turkey who had several full caps and regulars for the likes of Galatasaray and Besiktas.
“That’s the quality of the teams that are entering the competition.
“Slovakia had regulars in their full team and it will be the same with Estonia.
“Their full team has a game on the Monday we will get the fall-out of the players who aren’t involved in that.”