Peter Taylor appointed Head Coach of England's U20s for World Cup in Turkey
has been appointed as Head Coach to lead the England U20s team to the 2013 FIFA World Cup Finals
in Turkey this summer.
Taylor, a former England senior team caretaker manager, will take a two-month contract to lead the young Lions into FIFA’s second most prominent men’s tournament.
He will be assisted by Chris Ramsey, Tottenham Hotspur’s Senior Professional Phase Coach, who also has experience of coaching young England teams. Ramsey previously led England U20s to the 1999 FIFA World Cup Finals in Nigeria.
The FA will also seek to supplement the U20s and other development teams’ staff by introducing former players, who are setting out on their own coaching careers, into coaching roles with teams.
Taylor’s first task will be to join Club England Managing Director, Adrian Bevington, at the official draw for the U20 tournament on 25 March.
Taylor, aged 60, took charge of one match for England, when he notably made David Beckham
captain of the Three Lions for the first time.
Prior to that he led England Under-21s squad between 1996 and 1999 before returning for a second spell from 2004 to 2007.
England have qualified for the U20 World Cup Finals for the tenth time, having previously been semi-finalists in 1981 and 1993. This year’s finals are taking place between 8 June and 13 July, immediately following the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Finals in Israel.
“I am very pleased and I am looking forward to it," said Taylor. "I remember watching the 1997 U20 World Cup in Malaysia with Howard Wilkinson and I know what a big tournament it is.
"Michael Owen played in that one and it just shows how big the tournament is and the type of player it attracts – Lionel Messi has twice won player of the tournament before."
He continued: “I have been very fortunate to have had two spells with The FA and even though this latest one is short-term it is a tremendous feeling to have another opportunity to come back again.
"I just hope we can get the best players available to go out there and do well.
“The experience is the most important thing. Any level under the senior team is about readying players for that moment. This tournament will be good for young players.”
Ramsey added: “It’s a great honour to represent your country at any level. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for me to gain further insight into the trends in worldwide football at an international tournament like this.
“It will be a tremendous experience for everyone involved. I’ve been at this tournament before as England U20 manager, so it’s great to revisit it.”
Taylor made nearly 400 League appearances as a winger – for Southend United, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient, Oldham Athletic and Exeter City – and he was capped four times for England, scoring twice.
In his two spells as England Under-21s manager Taylor lost just three competitive matches, winning 26 and drawing eleven.
Most recently Taylor has been contracted to work in Holland until June with FC Twente, however the Dutch club have agreed to release him early to commit to his England duties.