Ipswich Town drawn with Liverpool, West Brom and Huddersfield in U23 Cup
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Ipswich Town have been drawn in a group with Liverpool, West Brom and Huddersfield in the new-look Under-23 Premier League Cup.
The competition replaces the Under-21 Premier League Cup, won by West Ham last season, and takes on a UEFA Champions League format.
There are 32 clubs in the main group stage, replacing the straight knockout in the U21 Premier League Cup, with clubs allowed to field three over-age outfield players and a goalkeeper born before January 1, 1993 in any team.
The tournament is split into eight groups of four clubs, with each team playing their opposing clubs home and away. The top two teams advance to the knockout stage.
The last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will all be one-off ties. If the ties are level after 90 minutes, they go to extra-time and then penalties if the teams still can’t be separated.
Fixture dates will follow in due course.
Meanwhile, Town youngsters Andre Dozzell and Ben Morris started and won their second England Under-18s caps as their side defeated Israel 5-1, at Morecambe, to win a three-team mini-tournament.
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Previously, midfielder Dozzell and striker Morris, both 17, came on as subs as the Young Lions beat Italy 2-1 in their opening game last Thursday.
Elsewhere, new Blues loan signing Tom Lawrence was an unused sub as Wales beat Moldova 4-0 in their opening World Cup qualifier at the Cardiff City Stadium, while former Town striker Daryl Murphy netted his first international goal, after coming on as a sub, as the Republic of Ireland drew 2-2 in Serbia in their first qualifier in the same group.