U20s Coach Brian Eastick knew what to expect in the World Cup draw.
FIFA U20 World Cup
24 September - 16 October 2009 England U20s Head Coach Brian Eastick believes his squad will be tested to the maximum in September when the World Cup comes around.
Eastick was in Egypt for the group stage draw of the competition at the Luxor Temple on Sunday evening and saw the Young Lions picked out to face Uruguay, Ghana and Uzbekistan in Group D.
The squad will be based in the Ismailia region for their opening two games with Uruguay and Ghana, before moving to Suez for their group concluder with Uzbekistan, of the Asian Football Confederation.
“I don’t think we can complain at the draw,” revealed Eastick.
“I think when you get to this stage, you know you’re going to have good opposition to play against. That’s the whole point of getting to World and European Finals, you get the opportunity to play the best teams.
“Uruguay and Ghana will probably be suited to the temperatures in Egypt, coming from a similar climate. Uzbekistan are a little bit more unknown so we’ll need to do some homework on them.”
England open the campaign on Saturday 26 September against Uruguay at the Ismailia Stadium and Eastick feels that will most likely be his team’s toughest match.
“Uruguay will be a difficult first game,” he said.
“They will be decent, so we need to make sure we get off to a good start.
“They will be typically South American and will keep the ball well, able to change the pace of the game and they will be comfortable in the heat.
“I am pleased that the kick-off times of all three of our games are at 9.30 though, which is much better for us than kicking off in the afternoon.”
The draw was held in the ancient Temple on the banks of the River Nile, but Eastick will now be heading to Cairo to see the kind of facilities that his squad will be using during their campaign this autumn.
“The draw was quite spectacular and the Egyptians did it extremely well,” he added.
“It was live on television out here and it’s going to be a very big event.
“We are off to Cairo today (Monday) to have a look at the facilities, such as training pitches and hotels.
“We will be based in Ismailia to start with, but we have to switch to Suez for the third game so we’ll have to look at the geography and logistics of that too.”