Squad land in Armenia as preparation for Nigeria game begins.
By Nicholas Veevers in Armenia
England's U20 squad arrived at their latest base in Colombia on Sunday afternoon, as they prepare to face Nigeria in the first knock-out stage of the U20 World Cup.
Brian Eastick's squad arrived in the Andean city of Armenia after flying in from their previous base of Cartagena on the northern coast of Colombia and after quickly settling into their latest home, it was then off for a training session at a local community stadium in the suburbs of Armenia which quickly attracted the interest of local youngsters and the media.
With just two more days of training to prepare for the game against the African side, Eastick knows how important it is for his team to be in good shape for the match with the knock-out stages now underway but he is also aware of the challenge in store for the players and what will be a different type of opposition to those they have faced already in this competition.
"Nigeria is going to be a tough, tough game and each match that we've played out here has got more and more difficult," he explained.
"They will be very strong, powerful and quick, athletic players. Nigeria will start as favourites to win without a doubt, but we've got through the group stages and we're here to try and win the game, it's as simple as that."
England have also been hit with a few injury problems ahead of the game, with Blair Adams, Dean Parrett, Jason Lowe, Reece Wabara and Michael Ngoo all carrying knocks which threaten to keep them out of contention and with Ryan Noble not even with the squad in Colombia after picking up a back injury before the tournament, the Young Lions could be down to the bare bones on Wednesday.
"We have a few injuries at the moment, which could be a problem for us," revealed Eastick.
"I'd say that a couple of them won't be fit for this game, but we'll have to wait and see how things go over the next few days. I honestly don't know at this stage.
"The bottom line is that we have a very young team here, but the players are working very hard and our challenge is to try and continue going and we'll see what that brings.
"Of course we've had a problem scoring goals so far, but it's no good scoring two goals if you let in three at the other end so our challenge is to continue to defend well and try to create chances, which we have done in each game already in fairness."The game will kick-off at 5pm local time, or 11pm BST.