Head Coach Brian Eastick names his squad for World Cup in Colombia.
FIFA U20 World Cup
29 July - 20 August 2011
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By Nicholas Veevers
England U20s Head Coach Brian Eastick
has named his 21-man squad
for the FIFA U20 World Cup
, which takes place in Colombia in July and August.
The Young Lions head to South America for the competition, billed by FIFA as their second largest tournament behind the Senior World Cup, after qualifying as a result of their performance in last year's UEFA European U19 Championship when they reached the semi-final.
Six members of that U19 squad are included here, such as Lee Nicholls, Nathan Baker, Reece Brown, Dean Parrett, Ryan Noble and Matt Phillips, whose goal against France last summer
secured World Cup qualification.
Also included are four of the players who helped England to win the European U17 Championship
last summer in the shape of Jack Butland, Andre Wisdom, George Thorne and Benik Afobe.
Eastick, who managed the U20s in a previous World Cup in Egypt 2009 and will be assisted by Stuart Pearce
in Colombia, has also called upon both Gary Gardner and Alex Nimely, who featured in that tournament two years ago whilst the likes of Reece Wabara, Adam Smith and Jason Lowe figured for the U20s earlier this year in a game with France
Wigan Athletic striker Callum McManaman receives his first England call-up at any level after impressing for his club in the latter stages of the season, whilst the likes of Ben Gordon, Jak Alnwick, Jack Robinson, Scott Wootton and Nicky Ajose have previously worn the Three Lions in a variety of previous development squads in recent years.
The group will meet up on 14 July before travelling to Denver, Colorado in the USA for a ten day training camp in order to prepare for the competition. The squad will then travel to Medellin in Colombia, where they will face their first game with Korea DPR on Friday 29 July.
Their second Group F match sees them pitted against six-time U20 World Champions Argentina, before the squad head north to Cartagena for their final game of the Group Stage against Mexico.The Squad (Click on player's name to see their England profile)
Goalkeepers: Jak Alnwick
(Newcastle United), Jack Butland
(Birmingham City), Lee Nicholls
(Wigan Athletic).Defenders: Nathan Baker
(Aston Villa), Ben Gordon
(Chelsea), Jack Robinson
(Liverpool)***, Adam Smith
(Tottenham Hotspur), Reece Wabara
(Manchester City), Andre Wisdom
(Liverpool)^, Scott Wootton
(Manchester United)*.Midfielders: Reece Brown
(Manchester United), Gary Gardner
(Aston Villa)^^, Jason Lowe
(Blackburn Rovers), Dean Parrett
(Tottenham Hotspur), George Thorne
(West Bromwich Albion)**.Forwards: Benik Afobe
(Arsenal)^^^, Nicholas Ajose
(Manchester United)****, Callum McManaman
(Wigan Athletic), Alex Nimely
(Manchester City)^^^^, Ryan Noble
(Sunderland), Matthew Phillips
* Withdrawn by club and replaced by James Hurst
of West Bromwich Albion.
** Withdrawn by club and replaced by Ryan Mason
of Tottenham Hotspur.
*** Withdrawn by club and replaced by Blair Adams
^ Withdrawn by club and replaced by George Taft
of Leicester City.
^^ Withdrawn by club and replaced by Billy Knott
^^^ Withdrawn and replaced by Saido Berahino
of West Bromwich Albion.
**** Withdrawn by club and replaced by Josh Morris
of Blackburn Rovers.
^^^^ Withdrawn and replaced by Michael Ngoo
Ryan Mason withdrawn injured and replaced by James Wallace