England U20s Head Coach Peter Taylor speaks about his World Cup homework
By Nicholas Veevers
Peter Taylor’s preparations for the U20 World Cup are almost complete as the Young Lions get ready for Turkey.
The England squad have spent this week training at St. George’s Park
and will head to Turkey for further preparation next Wednesday.
And Taylor has been busy since the World Cup draw was made in March to make sure England are ready for whatever might come their way.
With Iraq, Chile and Egypt in the Young Lions’ group, Taylor has had all three of those nations looked at, as well as personally viewing other World Cup competitors in recent weeks.
He explained: “I was out in Toulon for the tournament there recently, looking at some of the teams who will be in the competition.
“None of the teams in our group were there, but there are nations that we could possibly be playing later in the competition.
“There were eight teams there and only Belgium and Brazil weren’t going to the World Cup, so there was six teams to see.”
In terms of England’s Group E rivals, Taylor has done most of his homework already but will miss catching Chile in action when the South Americans play in Europe.
He explained: “I know that Chile will be playing three games in Spain before the tournament and their preparation has been a lot longer than ours.
“I'll be with the team at that time, but we'll have them watched as we’ve had all of our group opponents watched and analysed.
“I know a bit about Iraq from my time in Bahrain and Egypt were in the African championship just a few months ago.
“So we’ll be ready for the games and we’ve got some more time now to work on things before the competition starts.”
England’s first game with Iraq in Turkey takes place on Sunday 23 June, but the squad will be based in Antalya from next week.
With the warm temperatures in Turkey, the squad have a week’s training camp just outside Antalya to help acclimatise to the conditions before moving to their World Cup base for the games.
And you can follow their fortunes throughout the competition right here on TheFA.com and FATV