Peter Taylor says his England U20 squad are ready to depart for the World Cup
By Nicholas Veevers
Peter Taylor says he’s a happy man as England U20s make their final journey to Turkey for this summer’s World Cup.
After three separate training camps over the last month, the Young Lions fly out to their first base in Antalya on Wednesday morning.
There’s a 21-man squad for the trip which has been unaffected by injuries or withdrawals so far and Taylor has been happy with what he’s seen on the training pitch.
The Head Coach said: “I’ve been really pleased with everybody and we’re going to take a good squad out to Turkey.
“Everybody’s fit and raring to go and we’re looking forward to the tournament now.
“This is the third training camp that we’ve had and every time we’ve met up, the spirit has been even better every time so I’m really pleased with them.
“Overall, I’m really happy with the players that are getting on that plane.
“We’ve got different types of player and the type who can ask a question of an opponent, so I’m looking forward to it.”
With the first training camp in Cheshire and a further two at St. George’s Park in Burton, England will now have to be ready for a big increase in temperature further east.
But with well over a week to prepare in those conditions ahead of the first group match with Iraq later this month, Taylor feels his team will be ready.
He told FATV: “We’re lucky in that we’re going over to Turkey on 10 June and we don’t play our first game until 23 June.
“We’re going to have at least ten days of training and sessions to get used to the heat out there because it will certainly be different to the rain in England at the minute.
“That’s all part of the preparation and I’ve been pleased so far.”
Watch the interview with Peter Taylor below.