Ugo Ehiogu speaks to FATV from the England U20s camp in Turkey as World Cup approaches
By Nicholas Veevers in Antalya
Ugo Ehiogu has been impressed with what he’s seen from the England U20s squad
so far, as they prepare for their World Cup opener with Iraq.
The former Aston Villa and England defender joined Peter Taylor’s staff in Turkey last weekend as a Coach Observer, following the completion of his UEFA A Coaching Licence at St. George’s Park.
And Ehiogu has enjoyed his time with the group, passing on his own experience and advice to the players as well as learning from Taylor and assistant head coach Chris Ramsey at the same time.
After a particularly intensive and competitive training session in Antalya, he told FATV
: "It's been great. The boys have taken very well to what's been asked of them and the enthusiasm is high.
"Everyone's putting the work in to be in that starting eleven. That’s what you want, competition.
"As a coach, you want competition with two players for every position and it's been sensibly done with no silly tackles.
"But the standard is good and that's what you're looking for.
“We've got some good players here, some very good footballers.”
Ehiogu, who made over 300 Premier League appearances with Villa and Middlesbrough as well as playing for Glasgow Rangers, has also been able to coach the defenders.
Three Lions defender Jamaal Lascelles
spoke earlier this week about how he’s enjoyed the addition of Ehiogu to the coaching staff.
And the 40-year-old himself has particularly enjoyed working with the defenders in the squad as the build-up to Sunday’s game intensifies.
Ehiogu added: "It's been nice.
“I've been able to implement a couple of little defensive technicalities and changes and it's nice to be involved.”
Watch the full interview with Ehiogu, along with more footage of training, in the FATV video below.