Brian Eastick says squad are amongst a privileged World Cup few.
England U20s Head Coach Brian Eastick
believes that all of his squad will return back to their clubs as better players having tasted the World Cup experience this summer.
Eastick is currently preparing his 21-man group
for the competition with a high-altitude training camp in Denver, before they head to Colombia early next week for the FIFA tournament.
There, they will face opposition at the group stage from Korea DPR, Argentina and Mexico before hopefully progressing into the knock-out rounds but whatever happens, Eastick knows that everyone involved will benefit from the experience of a World Cup at such a young age.
And having seen their U17 counterparts enjoy a terrific adventure at the World Cup in Mexico earlier this summer, all involved are thoroughly looking forward to the experience from players through to the staff.
“This tournament will be a top experience for all of the players,” said Eastick.
“You’ve only got three chances at playing in the World Cup in your playing career, that’s at U17 level, U20 level and at Senior level so anyone who goes to any of those three competitions will have a fantastic experience and it can only help improve you as a footballer.
“For these players, just being away from home for a number of weeks in a squad will be a good learning lesson, as they will need to manage the heat, manage the altitude, manage the humidity and manage their time.”
England qualified for the competition following their performance at last year’s European U19 Championship where they reached the semi-final
. However, only six members of the squad which achieved that remain in the U20 World Cup squad due to a variety of reasons such as injury and player release issues so a young group is in place for Eastick in this competition.
“When I went to the U20 World Cup in Egypt two years ago, I had to take a younger squad and they really benefited from it,” he explained.
“And it will be the same with this squad, with a lot of 92 and 93 year born players selected.
“A lot of the squad have played together before, whether earlier this season or in previous England teams.
“We had a friendly against France
, who were the U19 Euro Champions, in February for the U20s and it was a good test and a chance to have a look at some new players so that game served its purpose.”England's first match in the World Cup is on Friday 29 July, when they play Korea DPR in Medellin.