Head Coach reflects on U20 World Cup draw in Colombia.
England U20s Head Coach Brian Eastick
admitted that the World Cup draw
he was dealt with in the early hours of Thursday morning wasn’t exactly his first choice, but can now start to plan ahead of the competition in Colombia this summer.
Eastick’s team were placed in Group F alongside Korea DPR, Argentina and Mexico so they already know they can expect three tough games in South America.
Argentina are the U20 World Cup’s most successful nation, with six victories to their name and will travel across their own continent confident of adding another title to that list, whilst Mexico are another team who will be well acclimatised to the conditions in Cartagena when the sides meet in early August.
Korea DPR will be more of an unknown quantity when England face them in their opening game in Medellin on 29 July, but having qualified through the competitive Asian Federation, Eastick knows it won’t be easy in any of the matches.
“At this level, we all say that every rival is tough,” he admitted.
“Though you can’t choose your opponents, there’s no way I would have picked the ones we’ve got.”
Eastick will no doubt be a keen observer of the group’s opening game between Mexico and Argentina, two teams who have had a lot of history at youth level over the years and one of whom he sees as firm favourites to progress.
“It has to be Argentina for me, because they’ve got a great side,” he added.
“Mexico are strong as well and of course, we’ll have to watch out for Korea DPR.
“It all depends on what team we can put together, but if we get to the last 16, anything can happen.”