Former U20s coach Brian Eastick urges any player to take their World Cup chance
Brian Eastick is man with experience of the FIFA U20 World Cup.
The current England Under-21 coach has taken charge of the Young Lions in the competition on two separate occasions over the last four years.
And he knows just what an important part it can play in the development of any young players who features there.
Players such as Jack Butland, Jason Lowe, Nathan Baker and Adam Smith played under Eastick in Colombia 2011 before progressing into the Under-21s group.
And in 2009, the likes of Jason Steele and Martin Kelly went to the 2009 edition in Egypt.
Eastick told TheFA.com: "Any U20 World Cup is a fantastic experience for anyone involved, whether you're a member of staff, the Head Coach or Assistant Coach, but in particular the players.
"Let's not forget, FIFA regard it as the second biggest tournament in the world.
"Any player that gets the opportunity to go to a World Cup at any level should grab the opportunity with both hands.
“They don't come around very often and it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Eastick remembers the trip to Colombia in 2011 in particular.
With massive crowds, in huge stadiums, it was a fantastic trip for all concerned as England got through the group stage before narrowly losing to Nigeria in the last 16.
And Eastick still recalls just how much his players took out of that tournament before coming back to their clubs with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
He added: “The players don't quite realise what a huge tournament it is.
“When we got off the plane in Medellin and were greeted by thousands of people, I think then the players understood how important it was.
"If you speak to any of the players who went to Colombia, they will tell you what a brilliant experience it was.
“In the Under-21s now, we have Jack Butland, Jason Lowe and Adam Smith, whose careers have all progressed because of the chance at representing their country at a World Cup.
"It was the first time I'd ever taken a team to play at high altitude before so that was massive experience for me too.”
Due to Eastick’s involvement with the Under-21s at their own Euro Finals this summer, he won’t be able to take the U20s to Turkey this June.
But with Peter Taylor and Chris Ramsey in charge of the squad, ahead of Monday evening’s draw, he knows there’s plenty of know-how involved.
He said: "Peter Taylor and Chris Ramsey are very experienced individuals, especially in International football.
“Peter was the Under-21s coach for a number of years and Chris took the U20s to Nigeria for the World Cup, so the players will be working with some fantastic coaches."