England U20s Head Coach Peter Taylor names his 21-man squad for World Cup
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21 June-13 July 2013
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Peter Taylor has named his final 21-man squad for this summer’s U20 World Cup in Turkey.
The England U20 Head Coach had to name a provisional list of 35 players for the tournament earlier this month, before a final 21-man group is selected.
And Taylor will be pleased with the group at his disposal, with plenty of international experience amongst the squad.
Many of the U19 squad who reached the European U19 Championship semi-final in Estonia last summer are included.
The likes of Sam Johnstone, Connor Ripley, Tom Thorpe, Eric Dier, Ross Barkley, Conor Coady, Harry Kane and John Lundstram were all among Noel Blake’s group which secured qualification for the World Cup.
And there are a number of players who are new to the international scene included, after impressing Taylor with their club form in the last few months of the season.
Leeds United right-back Sam Byram, Newcastle midfielder Gael Bigirimana and Tottenham Hotspur’s Alex Pritchard are all selected for what will be their first experience with an England squad.
The team meet up at St. George’s Park next Monday to begin preparations for the tournament before flying out to Turkey on Wednesday 12 June for more training and acclimatisation.
England will be based in Antalya for their first two group games against Iraq on 23 June and Chile on 26 June.
They then move to Bursa for the final group game against African champions Egypt on 29 June.
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Manchester United), George Long (Sheffield United), Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough).
Defenders: Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), Luke Garbutt (Everton)*, Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest), Danny Potts (West Ham United), Adam Reach (Middlesbrough), John Stones (Everton), Tom Thorpe (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Gael Bigirimana (Newcastle United), Conor Coady (Liverpool), Larnell Cole (Manchester United), John Lundstram (Everton), James Ward Prowse (Southampton).
Forwards: Chris Long (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Williams (Middlesbrough).
* Replaces Sam Byram (Leeds United) who is withdrawn injured.