The Premier League International Cup returns after three years on Wednesday – and Fulham’s first fixture sees Steve Wigley’s under 21s take on Spanish side Valencia at Craven Cottage.

Fulham’s under 21s have made a strong start to life back in the top flight of youth football and beat Everton 2-0 at Motspur Park last Friday evening. The Whites’ promotion last term earned them the right to take on twelve of the best academy outfits from across the continent and Fulham have been drawn in Group A alongside Blackburn, Leicester, Wolves, Porto, Valenica, Wolfsburg and Celtic.

Sides from the same national association can’t play each other in the group stage so the final standings will be worked out based on fixtures between the English clubs and their continental counterparts. The top two from each group plus the best pair of third-placed teams will progress to the knockout phase of the tournament.

Fulham’s first game will be held at Craven Cottage and will be the first time some of Wigley’s side will have played a competitive fixture at the club’s historic home. Tickets are available in the Johnny Haynes Stand priced at £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and current season ticket holders can attend for just £1. You can purchase online now, by visiting the ticket office in Stevenage Road or calling 0203 871 0810 between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

For those who haven’t been down to Motspur Park to watch Fulham’s next generation of talent, the under 21s play an adventurous style similar to Marco Silva’s first team and have a number of gifted youngsters knocking on the door of the senior squad. This immensely likeable bunch of boys would relish as much support as possible, so do try and get down to cheer them on.

If you can’t make Wednesday, bear in mind that Fulham’s other group fixtures are scheduled to played at Motspur Park – and details of the ticketing arrangements for the games against Porto, who won this competition back-to-back between 2017 and 2018, and Celtic will be made available in due course.