Liverpool midfielder to lead Young Lions at FIFA U20s World Cup in Turkey
By Nicholas Veevers
Conor Coady will lead England U20s into World Cup battle later this month, as the squad prepare for their trip to Turkey.
The Liverpool midfielder was told the news by U20s Head Coach Peter Taylor before training on Tuesday .
It’s a big honour for the 20-year-old, who also captained England to the European U17 Championship title in 2010.
He told FATV: “It’s fantastic. To be captain at any tournament is superb but to go and captain at the World Cup Finals means I couldn’t be any happier.
“We’re focused going into the tournament and the team can’t wait for it to go out there and do the best we can.”
Coady is one of the most experienced players in Taylor’s 21-man squad for the competition, having featured for England at U16, U17, U18 and U19 level.
He was part of the U19 squad who qualified for the World Cup after reaching semi-final of the European Championship last summer.
And Coady says the team spirit is good ahead of their flight to Antalya on Wednesday morning before the group attempt to acclimatise further in Turkey.
“All of the lads are fantastic and good friends so there’s a fantastic team spirit.
“We all know each other from previous England squads or playing against each other.
“The training camps have been fantastic for getting all the boys together and working on how we want to play when we go out there.
“We just want to get out there now and start the tournament.”
England’s first group game is against Iraq is on 23 June, before they face Chile three days later.
The group fixtures are rounded-off with a clash against African champions Egypt in Bursa on 29 June.
Watch Conor's interview with FATV below.