Derby County have been placed in ‘Northern Section Group F’ for the 2022/23 Papa Johns Trophy.

The full Group Stage draw will take place live on Sky Sports News at 11:30am on Thursday 23rd June as Derby’s first team prepare to compete in the competition for the first time since the late 1980s.

The 16 Invited Under-21 teams will be drawn into their respective Northern and Southern section Groups, with the 48 EFL clubs already placed into pre-determined Groups prior to the draw.

Consideration has been given to ensure travel time is minimised and recovery time is maximised for players.

Derby will face fellow EFL clubs in the form of League Two duo Mansfield Town and Grimsby Town in Group F, as well as one of the invited Under-21s teams from Everton, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The EFL have confirmed the Group Stages will take place during the week commencing the specified dates:

Group Game One - Week starting 29th August 2022

Group Game Two - Week starting 19th September 2022

Group Game Three - Week starting 17th October 2022

All EFL clubs will play two of their three matches at home in the Group Stages.