Sunderland announce pre-season games in France, Hartlepool and Rotherham

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Sunderland have announced they will travel to France next month as preparations for the 2016-17 Premier League season gather pace.

The Black Cats will be based in the south-eastern region of the country for seven days and have three friendly games scheduled during their stay.

The week-long trip begins with a game against FC Stade Nyonnais on Monday 25 July.

Sam Allardyce’s side will then face Dijon FCO on Wednesday 27 July and the tour is capped off with a fixture against Montpellier HSC, on Saturday 30 July.

The games are being played at neutral venues and not at the home stadia of the teams involved. Stadium and ticket details will be confirmed as soon as possible.

The club will also take on Hartlepool United on July 20, and Rotherham United on July 23 at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, Rotherham.

Supporters are advised to check the club’s website, www.safc.com for all the latest news and information on the club’s pre-season plans.