Peter Taylor says England U20s are going all-out for victory against Egypt
Egypt v England
FIFA U20 World Cup
7pm (BST), Saturday 29 June 2013
Ataturk Stadium, Bursa
Live on Eurosport and FIFA.com
By Nicholas Veevers in Bursa
Peter Taylor says England U20s will be going all-out for three points in their final World Cup group game on Saturday.
The Three Lions face Egypt in Bursa knowing that a win will guarantee them a place in the second round.
And they face an Egyptian side who need nothing less than a big win to stand any chance of progress after losing both of their matches so far.
Speaking ahead of the game, Taylor said: “We know that it’s an important match and we’ve started the tournament with two draws so we know how important a win will be.
“We also know that Egypt will be desperate to get a win and have been unfortunate not to have had a win in the tournament so far, so it should be a good game.
“We are looking to win the match and will be taking everything into account.
“We could possibly be amongst the teams who qualify by finishing third, we understand that.
“But we also appreciate that Egypt know they have to win by a big score.
“We are taking all of those things into account, but we’re looking to win the match.
“It’s in our hands, that’s the important thing and it has pleased me that our performances have improved.”
After two weeks of preparation and two games in the hot coastal venue of Antalya, England now face the cooler temperature of Bursa.
And after finishing their last match against Chile in strong fashion on Wednesday, Taylor is hoping to see another improved performance against the African champions.
He added: “Towards the end of the Iraq game we looked very tired but our performance against Chile was very encouraging in the second half.
“I felt we looked stronger than Chile at the end of the game and if the game had gone on another ten minutes I would have fancied us to have won the game.
“I think we are used to the conditions now and looking at the stadium and the weather here, it’s a little bit cooler.
“So we know what we have to do.”
The Head Coach knows that it won’t be an easy match though, having studied both of Egypt’s World Cup matches so far and their games from the recent African Championships.
“It will be very tough. In both of their games against Chile and Iraq, Egypt could have won,” he said.
“They had three good opportunities in the first game, and they maybe should have scored more against Iraq in their second game.
“They will need the three points so I’m expecting them to be a very tough and dangerous opponent.
“They will be disappointed that they haven’t won a game, like we are disappointed that we haven’t won a game.
“I’m expecting Egypt to be organised and determined.
“We know they need to win the match by three or four goals, so they will need to be even more positive than they would already be.
“So I’m looking for us to perform in the way that we did in the second half against Chile and if we can do that then I’m confident that we can get the result.”
Taylor will have to make changes to his team for the game, with defender Danny Potts suspended after collecting his second booking of the competition against Chile.
So there will be at least one change to the line-up which started against Chile, but Taylor wouldn’t give anything else away with a fully fit squad at his disposal otherwise.
He said: “I think there’s only two goalkeepers and Luke Garbutt who haven’t had any action yet.
“So that’s nice that they’re getting the experience and I know the players are enjoying being here.
“And with Danny Potts being suspended, there may be a chance that Luke Garbutt may feature too.”
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